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parazoan

[par-uh-zoh-uh n] /ˌpær əˈzoʊ ən/
noun
1.
any member of a group of invertebrates comprising the phylum Porifera, the sponges.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to a parazoan organism.
Origin
< Neo-Latin parazo(a) (see para-1, -zoa) + -an
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parazoan

/ˌpærəˈzəʊən/
noun (pl) -zoa (-ˈzəʊə)
1.
any multicellular invertebrate of the group Parazoa, which consists of the sponges (phylum Porifera) Compare metazoan
Word Origin
C19: from parazoa, formed on the model of protozoa and metazoa, from para-1 + Greek zōon animal
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