poriferan


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po·rif·er·an

 (pə-rĭf′ər-ən)
n.
See sponge.

[From New Latin Porifera, phylum name : New Latin porus, pore (from Latin, passage; see pore2) + Latin -fera, neuter pl. of -fer, -fer.]

po·rif′er·an adj.

poriferan

(pɔːˈrɪfərən)
n
(Animals) any invertebrate of the phylum Porifera, which comprises the sponges
adj
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the phylum Porifera
[C19: from New Latin porifer bearing pores]

po•rif•er•an

(pɔˈrɪf ər ən, poʊ-, pə-)

n.
1. any animal of the phylum Porifera, comprising the sponges.
adj.
2. belonging or pertaining to the phylum Porifera.
[1860–65; < New Latin Porifer(a) (Late Latin por(us) pore2 + -i- -i- + -fera, neuter pl. of -ferus -ferous]

po·rif·er·an

(pə-rĭf′ər-ən)
See sponge.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.poriferan - primitive multicellular marine animal whose porous body is supported by a fibrous skeletal framework; usually occurs in sessile colonies
invertebrate - any animal lacking a backbone or notochord; the term is not used as a scientific classification
phylum Porifera, Porifera - coextensive with the subkingdom Parazoa: sponges
glass sponge - a siliceous sponge (with glassy spicules) of the class Hyalospongiae
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