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- 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
Cnidaria and Ctenophora are now classified as separate phyla, and the term "coelenterate" sent off to the rubbish heap of obsolete biological terms.
So saying, the otter slipped several quivering slabs of coelenterate between two pieces of breadfruit and commenced chewing noisily.
Before her drifted the end result of billions of years of coelenterate evolution, a collective organism of unimagined complexity.
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 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 nerve network of the coelenterate does the same thing, acting as a supermembrane of a supercell.
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.
Along with the coelenterate corals, the algae are the major primary producers and builders of Panamanian Eastern Pacific reef systems.