scyphozoan

noun
scy·​pho·​zo·​an | \ ˌsī-fə-ˈzō-ən How to pronounce scyphozoan (audio) \

Definition of scyphozoan

: 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

Other Words from scyphozoan

scyphozoan adjective

First Known Use of scyphozoan

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scyphozoan

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

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“Scyphozoan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scyphozoan. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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