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poriferan

[paw-rif-er-uh n, poh-, puh-] /pɔˈrɪf ər ən, poʊ-, pə-/
noun
1.
any animal of the phylum Porifera, comprising the sponges.
adjective
2.
belonging or pertaining to the Porifera.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; Porifer(a) + -an

Porifera

[paw-rif-er-uh, poh-, puh-] /pɔˈrɪf ər ə, poʊ-, pə-/
noun
1.
an animal phylum comprising the sponges.
Origin
1835-45; < New Latin equivalent to Late Latin porus pore2 + -i- -i- + -fera, neuter plural of -ferus -ferous
Related forms
poriferan, adjective, noun
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poriferan

/pɔːˈrɪfərən/
noun
1.
any invertebrate of the phylum Porifera, which comprises the sponges
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or belonging to the phylum Porifera
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin porifer bearing pores
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Word Origin and History for poriferans

Porifera

n.

1843, Modern Latin, literally "bearing pores," neuter plural of porifer, from Latin porus "pore, opening" (see pore (n.)) + -fer "bearing" (see infer). Related: Poriferal; poriferous.

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