moss animal

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Related to Moss animals: phylum Bryozoa, ectoprocts

moss animal

n.

bry•o•zo•an

(ˌbraɪ əˈzoʊ ən)

n.
1. Also called moss animal. any marine or freshwater colonial animal of the phylum Bryozoa, forming branching, encrusting, or gelatinous mosslike masses.
adj.
2. belonging to the Bryozoa.
[1870–75; < New Latin Bryozo(a) (see bryo-, -zoa) + -an1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.moss animal - sessile aquatic animal forming mossy colonies of small polyps each having a curved or circular ridge bearing tentaclesmoss animal - sessile aquatic animal forming mossy colonies of small polyps each having a curved or circular ridge bearing tentacles; attach to stones or seaweed and reproduce by budding
invertebrate - any animal lacking a backbone or notochord; the term is not used as a scientific classification
Bryozoa, phylum Bryozoa, polyzoa - marine or freshwater animals that form colonies of zooids
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