American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various wormlike marine invertebrates of the phylum Pogonophora that grow in upright chitin tubes, usually at depths greater than 100 meters (330 feet), have tentacles attached to the head region, and lack a digestive system.
- n. biology Any marine, wormlike invertebrate of the phylum Pogonophora
- adj. Characteristic of these creatures
- n. slender animal with tentacles and a tubelike outer covering; lives on the deep ocean bottom
- From New Latin Pōgōnophora, phylum name : Greek pōgōn, beard + Greek -phora, neuter pl. of -phoros, -phore. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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