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coelenterate

[si-len-tuh-reyt, -ter-it] /sɪˈlɛn təˌreɪt, -tər ɪt/
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
1870-1875
1870-75; see Coelenterata
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  • On the whole, however, the coelenterate fauna is rather meager and colorless.
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coelenterate

/sɪˈlɛntəˌreɪt; -rɪt/
noun
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
adjective
2.
(loosely) any invertebrate of the phyla Cnidaria or Ctenophora
3.
of or relating to coelenterates
Derived Forms
coelenteric (ˌsiːlɛnˈtɛrɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin Coelenterata, hollow-intestined (creatures); see coel-, enteron
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coelenterate
  (sĭ-lěn'tə-rĭt)   
See cnidarian.
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