from The Century Dictionary.

  • A name formerly given to the Polyzoa, from their resemblance to mosses. Ehrenberg, 1831. See Polyzoa.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural (Zoöl.) A class of Molluscoidea, including minute animals which by budding form compound colonies; -- called also Polyzoa.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Plural form of bryozoon.
  • noun Plural form of bryozoum.

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

  • noun marine or freshwater animals that form colonies of zooids


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  • “Pills,” Adam said in utter disgust, like I would say bryozoa or gelatin salad.

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  • The fatigue from nearly drowning, touching bryozoa, being sobbed over by a couple of he-men, etc.

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  • He might chase me around the lake with the bryozoa, but at least it would be diluted.

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  • Ugh, ugh, ugh, and the pendant moved as the bryozoa bobbed in the current.

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  • I knew from experience that before you went swimming off a dock for the first time each summer, you needed to check the sides and the ladder carefully for bryozoa, colonies of slimy green critters that grew on hard surfaces underwater think coral, but gelatinous—shudder.

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  • Saving me from Sean with bryozoa … that was a more iffy proposition.

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  • And Sean wiped the bryozoa residue from his hand across my stomach.

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  • It was so unbelievably fantastic that he was flirting with me, but bryozoa was involved.

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  • Sean hefted himself over the side with one arm, holding the bryozoa high in the other hand.

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  • A handful of bryozoa rushed up at me from the lake.

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  • A similar discovery was also made about the same time by Ehrenberg, independent of that of Edwards, and was taken by him as the basis of his classification of the Polypes, dividing these animals into two principle group, Anthozoa and Bryozoa, according as the alimentary canal has one or two external openings . . .

    --Arthur Farre, 1837, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, p. 389

    Antedating from OED2 citation from 1847 from Bryozoa, and 1851 for Anthozoa.

    February 27, 2009