poriferan

poriferan

[paw-rif-er-uhn, poh-, puh-]
noun
1.
any animal of the phylum Porifera, comprising the sponges.
adjective
2.
belonging or pertaining to the Porifera.

Origin:
1860–65; Porifer(a) + -an

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poriferan (pɔːˈrɪfərən)
 
n
1.  any invertebrate of the phylum Porifera, which comprises the sponges
 
adj
2.  of, relating to, or belonging to the phylum Porifera
 
[C19: from New Latin porifer bearing pores]

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poriferan   (pə-rĭf'ər-ən)  Pronunciation Key 
See sponge.
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