Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A feeding zooid in a hydroid colony having an oral opening surrounded by tentacles.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A polypite; the fundamental structural element in Hydrozoa.

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

  • noun (Zoöl.) One of the nutritive zooids of a hydroid colony. Also applied to the proboscis or manubrium of a hydroid medusa. See Illust. of hydroidea.

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

  • noun zoology An individual polyp of a hydroid colony

Etymologies

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

[hydr(a) + Greek anthos, flower.]

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From hydra +‎ -anth, thus "hydra blossom".

Examples

  • Campanularia) the tentacles may be completely absorbed into the body of the hydranth from which they originally sprang.

    Popular Science Monthly Oct, Nov, Dec, 1915 — Volume 86

  • Campanularia) the tentacles may be completely absorbed into the body of the hydranth from which they originally sprang.

    The Scientific Monthly, October-December 1915

  • An 'wasn't it thim same polace crathurs, too, I'm askin' ye, as took our rainwather cistern away along of the fevers breakin 'out, they made bold to say, the desaivin' crathers, -- an 'me a-niver havin' me washin 'white a-since, for ye'll aisy see why, usin' the muddy wather as comes from that hydranth yirselves! "

    The Angel of the Tenement

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