from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A capsule within specialized cells of certain coelenterates, such as jellyfish, containing a barbed, threadlike tube that delivers a paralyzing sting when propelled into attackers and prey. Also called stinging cell.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A capsule, in certain cnidarians, containing a barbed, threadlike tube that delivers a paralyzing sting
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A lasso cell, or thread cell. See lasso cell, under lasso.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A thread-cell or lasso-cell; a cnidocell or cnida; one of the organs of offense and defense peculiar to cœlenterates, as jellyfishes, by means of which they sting. See cuts under cnida, Actinozoa, and Willsia.
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Could Bruce get arrested for calling the President a nincompoop, nitwit, nefarious or a nematocyst?
Each nematocyst contains a coiled, hollow thread that can have barbs or spines and often contains poison.