[ten-uh-fawr, -fohr, tee-nuh-]
any gelatinous marine invertebrate of the phylum Ctenophora; a comb jelly.

1880–85; < Neo-Latin ctenophorus. See cteno-, -phore

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ctenophore (ˈtɛnəˌfɔː, ˈtiːnə-)
Also called: comb jelly any marine invertebrate of the phylum Ctenophora, including the sea gooseberry and Venus's-girdle, whose body bears eight rows of fused cilia, for locomotion
[C19: from New Latin ctenophorus, from Greek kteno-, kteis comb + -phore]
adj, —n

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ctenophore   (těn'ə-fôr')  Pronunciation Key 
Any of various, mostly small marine invertebrates of the phylum Ctenophora, having transparent, gelatinous bodies bearing eight rows of comblike cilia. Ctenophores have a branched digestive tract that also has circulatory function. Most ctenophores feed on plankton and are bioluminescent, producing brilliant displays of blue or green light at night. Ctenophores are related to cnidarians but are more highly evolved because their bodies have a true mesoderm. Also called comb jelly.
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The ecosystem has seen deep water anoxic conditions, ctenophore increases, and a pelagic fishery collapse.
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