scy·​pho·​zo·​an ˌsī-fə-ˈzō-ən How to pronounce scyphozoan (audio)
: any of a class (Scyphozoa) of cnidarians (such as the sea nettle) that possess a large, conspicuous, sexually-reproducing medusa typically lacking a velum and a very small, usually funnel-shaped, asexually-reproducing polyp
scyphozoan adjective

Word History


New Latin Scyphozoa, from Latin scyphus + New Latin -zoa

First Known Use

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scyphozoan was circa 1909

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Cite this Entry

“Scyphozoan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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