Siphonophore meaning

sī-fŏnə-fôr, sīfə-nə-
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Any of various transparent, often subtly colored marine hydrozoans of the order Siphonophora, consisting of a delicate floating or swimming colony of specialized zooids and including the Portuguese man-of-war.
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Any of an order (Siphonophora) of small, transparent, often colored, swimming or floating sea hydrozoans composed of several kinds of polyps and including the Portuguese man-of-war.
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Any of various transparent, often subtly colored marine hydrozoans of the order Siphonophora, consisting of a delicate floating or swimming colony of specialized zooids and including the Portuguese man-of-war.
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Any of various transparent, often subtly colored marine cnidarians of the order Siphonophora, consisting of a delicate floating or swimming colony of polyplike and medusalike individuals. Siphonophores can reach lengths of 40 m (131 ft), making them longer than blue whales. The Portuguese man-of-war is a siphonophore.
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(biology) Any of various transparent marine hydrozoans, of the order Siphonophora, that float or swim as colonies of polyps.
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Origin of siphonophore

  • From New Latin Sīphōnophora order name Greek sīphō tube Greek -phora neuter pl. of -phoros -phore

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition