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An invertebrate animal, such as a sea anemone or a sponge, that superficially resembles a plant. Not in scientific use.

zo′o·phyt′ic (-fĭt′ĭk), zo′o·phyt′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.


(Zoology) any animal resembling a plant, such as a sea anemone
zoophytic, ˌzooˈphytical adj


(ˈzoʊ əˌfaɪt)

any of various invertebrate animals resembling a plant, as a coral or a sea anemone.
[1615–25; < New Latin zōophyton < Greek zōióphyton. See zoo-, -phyte]
zo`o•phyt′ic (-ˈfɪt ɪk) adj.


an animal, as a sponge, coral, etc, that resembles a plant more than an animal; any of the Zoophyta. — zoophytic, zoophytical, zoophytoid, adj.
See also: Animals
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.zoophyte - any of various invertebrate animals resembling a plant such as a sea anemone or coral or sponge
invertebrate - any animal lacking a backbone or notochord; the term is not used as a scientific classification


[ˈzəʊəˌfaɪt] Nzoófito m
References in classic literature ?
I will only mention one other animal, a zoophyte (I believe Virgularia Patagonica), a kind of sea-pen.
Certainly in this zoophyte such appeared to be the case.
I recognised magnificent rocks, hung with a tapestry of zoophytes of the most beautiful kind, and I was at first struck by the peculiar effect of this medium.
As a practicing medievalist myself, I can of course cite any number of marvelous plants from the Middle Ages, including the goose-bearing barnacle tree, the homuncular mandrake, and the zoophyte known as the barometz or vegetable lamb of Tartary.