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  • proper n. A taxonomic phylum within the kingdom Animalia — many small sessile aquatic animals having a crown of tentacles surrounding a mouth and anus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. A group of Bryozoa in which the anus is within the circle of tentacles. See pedicellina.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • One of two divisions of Polyzoa established by Nitsche (the other being Ectoprocta), including those Polyzoa in which the anus opens within the circlet of tentacles of the lophophore.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. sometimes considered a subphylum of Bryozoa

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