any of a phylum (Ctenophora) of sea animals with an oval, transparent, jellylike body bearing eight rows of comblike plates that aid in swimming
Origin of ctenophorecteno- + -phore
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 .
Origin of ctenophoreFrom New Latin Ctenophora phylum name Greek kteis kten- comb New Latin -phora from neuter pl. of Greek -phoros -phore
- Any of various marine animals of the phylum Ctenophora, having lucent, mucilaginous bodies bearing eight rows of comblike cilia used for swimming.