zoophyte


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zo·o·phyte

 (zō′ə-fīt′)
n.
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.

zoophyte

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

zo•o•phyte

(ˈzoʊ əˌfaɪt)

n.
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.

zoophyte

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
Translations

zoophyte

[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.
The Natural History of Many Curious and Uncommon Zoophytes Collected from Various Parts of the Globe: an Arrangement of Zoophytes.