zoophyte

noun

zoo·​phyte ˈzō-ə-ˌfīt How to pronounce zoophyte (audio)
: an invertebrate animal (such as a coral or sponge) more or less resembling a plant in appearance or mode of growth

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from French zoophite, zoophyte, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Greek zōóphyton, from zōo- zoo- + phytón "plant" — more at phyto-

First Known Use

1606, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of zoophyte was in 1606

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Cite this Entry

“Zoophyte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zoophyte. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

zoophyte

noun
zoo·​phyte ˈzō-ə-ˌfīt How to pronounce zoophyte (audio)
: an invertebrate animal (as a coral or sponge) more or less resembling a plant in appearance or mode of growth
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