pogonophoran

Definitions

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

  • noun Any of various marine annelid tubeworms of the family Siboglinidae (formerly classified in the phylum Pogonophora) that live in deep-sea habitats, often have numerous tentacles, and lack a digestive system, depending on endosymbiotic bacteria for nutrition.

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  • noun biology Any marine, wormlike invertebrate of the phylum Pogonophora
  • adjective Characteristic of these creatures

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  • noun slender animal with tentacles and a tubelike outer covering; lives on the deep ocean bottom

Etymologies

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

[From New Latin Pōgōnophora, former phylum name : Greek pōgōn, beard + Greek -phora, neuter pl. of -phoros, -phore.]

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  • that's hard to digest.

    April 5, 2012