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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.
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(Zoology) any animal resembling a plant, such as a sea anemone
zoophytic, ˌzooˈphytical adj
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(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.
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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
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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
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[ˈzəʊəˌfaɪt] Nzoófito m
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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.
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.
The Natural History of Many Curious and Uncommon Zoophytes Collected from Various Parts of the Globe: an Arrangement of Zoophytes.
When we ascend in the scale of formations, and arrive at those rocks which contain fossils, we find each stratum decidedly marked by the remains of zoophytes, or shells, peculiar to it.