Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See cnidarian.

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  • n. Any simple aquatic animal bearing tentacles with nematocysts. Examples include jellyfish, coral, and anemones.

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  • n. radially symmetrical animals having saclike bodies with only one opening and tentacles with stinging structures; they occur in polyp and medusa forms

Etymologies

From New Latin Coelenter─üta, phylum name : Greek koilos, hollow; see -coel + enter(on) + -ate1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Cnidaria and Ctenophora are now classified as separate phyla, and the term "coelenterate" sent off to the rubbish heap of obsolete biological terms.

    New art

  • So saying, the otter slipped several quivering slabs of coelenterate between two pieces of breadfruit and commenced chewing noisily.

    The Time of the Transference

  • Before her drifted the end result of billions of years of coelenterate evolution, a collective organism of unimagined complexity.

    Cachalot

  • Any stimulus anywhere on the coelenterate body alerts the entire organism indiscriminately and results in a response of the whole, which proceeds to contract, sway, or undulate.

    The Human Brain

  • The coelenterate system would correspond to a telephone net - work in which all subscribers are on a single party line, so that any call from one to another rouses every one of the subscribers, who are then free to listen and probably do.

    The Human Brain

  • The nerve network of the coelenterate does the same thing, acting as a supermembrane of a supercell.

    The Human Brain

  • I know of coral only that is the hard calcareous skeleton of the marine coelenterate polyps; and that this red coral iss called of a sclerobasic group; and other facts of the kind; but I do not know if it iss supposed to resist impact and heat.

    African Camp Fires

  • Along with the coelenterate corals, the algae are the major primary producers and builders of Panamanian Eastern Pacific reef systems.

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