Definitions

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

  • n. Any of various small aquatic animals of the phylum Bryozoa that reproduce by budding and form mosslike or branching colonies permanently attached to stones or seaweed. Also called moss animal, polyzoan.
  • adj. Of or belonging to the Bryozoa.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to bryozoa.
  • n. A bryozoon.
  • n. A member of a bryozoan colony.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Bryozoa.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In zoology, relating to the Bryozoa.
  • n. One of the Bryozoa.

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

  • n. sessile aquatic animal forming mossy colonies of small polyps each having a curved or circular ridge bearing tentacles; attach to stones or seaweed and reproduce by budding

Etymologies

From New Latin Bryozōa, phylum name : bryo- + Greek zōia, pl. of zōion, animal; see -zoon.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Bryozoa +‎ -an (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The area is underlain by extensive Pleistocene limestones with oolitic and bryozoan facies, overlaid by variable thicknesses of marl and peat, a thin porous crust which filters the surface water percolating to the aquifer.

    Everglades National Park, United States

  • El Nino induced local extinction of coral reef bryozoan species from Northern Bahia, Brazil [An article from: Biological Conservation] by F. Kelmo

    The Upper limit to CO2 for Human Habitats

  • In the Gulf of Maine, climate change and sustained overfishing may be acting synergistically, creating an environment that favors invasive species such as the green alga Codium fragile and the bryozoan Membranipora membranacea.

    Aquatic invasive species

  • If you've ever seen a lace-like pattern of carbonate encrusting a rock or shell, you're looking at the remains of a bryozoan colony.

    So many phyla so little time

  • Freshwater ectoproct bryozoan some info from Wikepedia

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  • Comparing these samples with modern ones, scientists have now shown that the growth of a bryozoan, a tiny animal, has increased in recent years.

    BBC News - Home

  • Other projects have since collected bryozoan samples at the same site, while the Census of Marine Life has increased the flow of data over the past decade.

    BBC News - Home

  • The bryozoan's seasonal growth yields growth rings, similar to a tree's

    BBC News - Home

  • The organism in question is a bryozoan, a marine invertebrate that is a stationary bottom-dweller and feeds by filtering seawater.

    Ars Technica

  • The stalemate in the edrioasteroid/bryozoan war for living space continued for a while longer as the bryozoan almost completely surrounded the edrioasteroid.

    ScienceBlogs Channel : Life Science

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  • "There are about 8,000 living species, with several times that number of fossil forms known." (Wikipedia)

    September 1, 2008