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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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(Animals) any marine invertebrate of the phylum Ctenophora, including the sea gooseberry and Venus's-girdle, whose body bears eight rows of fused cilia, for locomotion. Also called: comb jelly
[C19: from New Latin ctenophorus, from Greek kteno-, kteis comb + -phore]
ctenophoran adj, n
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any marine invertebrate of the phylum Ctenophora, having an oval, transparent body with eight rows of comblike ciliated bands used for swimming. Also called ctenophore.
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|Noun||1.||ctenophore - biradially symmetrical hermaphroditic solitary marine animals resembling jellyfishes having for locomotion eight rows of cilia arranged like teeth in a comb|
invertebrate - any animal lacking a backbone or notochord; the term is not used as a scientific classification
Ctenophora, phylum Ctenophora - comb jellies; sea acorns; a small phylum formerly considered a class of Coelenterata
beroe - delicately iridescent thimble-shaped ctenophores
platyctenean - ctenophore have long tentacles and flattened body
sea gooseberry - ctenophore having a rounded body with longitudinal rows of cilia
comb - ciliated comb-like swimming plate of a ctenophore
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