statoblast

noun

stato·​blast ˈsta-tə-ˌblast How to pronounce statoblast (audio)
1
: a bud in a freshwater bryozoan that overwinters in a chitinous envelope and develops into a new individual in spring
2

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Zooids are hermaphroditic but spread thanks to statoblasts, a clump of cells found on the organism that can reproduce asexually if broken off from the colony. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of statoblast was in 1855

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“Statoblast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/statoblast. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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