coelenterate

[si-len-tuh-reyt, -ter-it]
noun
1.
any invertebrate animal of the phylum Coelenterata, including the hydras, jellyfishes, sea anemones, and corals, characterized by a single internal cavity serving for digestion, excretion, and other functions and having tentacles on the oral end. Compare cnidarian.
adjective
2.
belonging or pertaining to the Coelenterata.

Origin:
1870–75; see Coelenterata

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coelenterate (sɪˈlɛntəˌreɪt, -rɪt)
 
n
1.  any invertebrate of the phylum Cnidaria (formerly Coelenterata), having a saclike body with a single opening (mouth), which occurs in polyp and medusa forms. Coelenterates include the hydra, jellyfishes, sea anemones, and corals
 
adj
2.  (loosely) any invertebrate of the phyla Cnidaria or Ctenophora
3.  of or relating to coelenterates
 
[C19: from New Latin Coelenterata, hollow-intestined (creatures); see coel-, enteron]
 
coelenteric
 
adj

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coelenterate   (sĭ-lěn'tə-rĭt)  Pronunciation Key 
See cnidarian.
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On the whole, however, the coelenterate fauna is rather meager and colorless.
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