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

  • noun Any of various transparent, often subtly colored marine hydrozoans of the order Siphonophora, consisting of a delicate floating or swimming colony of specialized zooids and including the Portuguese man-of-war.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as siphonophoran.

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

  • noun (Zoöl.) One of the Siphonophora.

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

  • noun biology Any of various transparent marine hydrozoans, of the order Siphonophora, that float or swim as colonies of polyps.

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

  • noun a floating or swimming oceanic colony of polyps often transparent or showily colored

Etymologies

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

[From New Latin Sīphōnophora, order name : Greek sīphō, tube + Greek -phora, neuter pl. of -phoros, -phore.]

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