Definitions

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

  • n. Any of various transparent, often subtly colored marine hydrozoans of the order Siphonophora, consisting of a floating or swimming colony of polyplike and medusalike individuals and including the Portuguese man-of-war.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the Siphonophora.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as siphonophoran.

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

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

Etymologies

From New Latin Sīphōnophora, order name : Greek sīphō, sīphōn-, tube + Greek -phora, neuter pl. of -phoros, -phore.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Many think of it as a jellyfish, but in fact it is a siphonophore—a colony of minute individuals.

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  • This Portuguese man-of-war is a type of siphonophore often found in tropical waters.

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  • The manefish is thought to feed on, or take food from, a siphonophore, which resembles a jellyfish, and which has tentacles that could damage the fish.

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  • It may look like a jellyfish but it's actually a siphonophore, fact fans.

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  • Manefish are thought to steal food from or feed on a jellyfish-like animal called a siphonophore.

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  • Each siphonophore, such as the one seen above in 2005, is actually a colony of creatures related to jellyfish-such as the nectophores, or swimming bells, on the right half above, which provide propulsion for the colony.

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  • The "head" of the siphonophore (at right) pulls the animal through the water, its stinging tentacles streaming out like a living drift net.

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  • The next quarter is spent finally going underwater with the assistance of an ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle, but not as fancy as the ROV's seen in James Cameron's "The Abyss") and finding a 50-yard long siphonophore more than 1500 feet below the surface.

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  • MBARI researchers speculate that Macropinna microstoma may eat animals that have been captured in the tentacles of jellies, such as this siphonophore in the genus Apolemia.

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  • Dumbos, about two meters long, are among the big creatures of the abyss, also including some sharks or siphonophore jellyfish, Mike Vecchione, of the Smithsonian Institution, said.

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