Porifera

Porifera

[paw-rif-er-uh, poh-, puh-]
noun
an animal phylum comprising the sponges.

Origin:
1835–45; < Neo-Latin equivalent to Late Latin porus pore2 + -i- -i- + -fera, neuter plural of -ferus -ferous

poriferan, adjective, noun
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