plural noun Po·rif·era \pəˈrif(ə)rə, pōˈr-\

Definition of Porifera

  1. :  a phylum of primitive invertebrate animals comprising the sponges and having a cellular grade of construction without true tissue or organ formation but with the body permeated by canals and chambers through which a current of water flows and passes in its course through one or more cavities lined with choanocytes


\-rəl\ adjective


\-rən\ adjective or noun

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Origin and Etymology of porifera

New Latin, from Latin porus pore + -i- + -fera, neuter plural of -fer -ferous

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