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Any of various small aquatic animals of the phylum Bryozoa that form encrusting or branching colonies attached to surfaces such as rocks, pilings, and seaweed. Also called moss animal.
[From New Latin Bryozōa, phylum name : bryo- + Greek zōia, pl. of zōion, animal; see -zoon.]
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(Animals) any aquatic invertebrate animal of the phylum Bryozoa, forming colonies of polyps each having a ciliated feeding organ (lophophore). Also called: polyzoan or ectoproct Popular name: sea mat
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Bryozoa
[C19: from Greek bruon moss + zōion animal]
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bry•o•zo•an(ˌbraɪ əˈzoʊ ən)
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.
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Any of various small aquatic animals that reproduce by budding and form moss-like or branching colonies attached to stones or seaweed.
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|Noun||1.||bryozoan - 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
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