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Any of various marine invertebrates of the phylum Ctenophora, having transparent or translucent gelatinous bodies bearing eight rows of comblike cilia used for swimming. Many ctenophores are bioluminescent. Also called comb jelly.

[From New Latin Ctenophora, phylum name : Greek kteis, kten-, comb + New Latin -phora, from neuter pl. of Greek -phoros, -phore.]

cte·noph′o·ran (tĭ-nŏf′ər-ən) adj.
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(tɪˈnɒf ər ən)

n. adj.
2. of or pertaining to a ctenophore.
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