siphonophore

[sahy-fuh-nuh-fawr, -fohr, sahy-fon-uh-]
noun
any pelagic hydrozoan of the order Siphonophora, being a floating or swimming colony composed of polyps.

Origin:
1835–45; < Neo-Latin Siphonophora name of the order < Greek siphōnophór(os) tube-carrying (equivalent to siphōno- siphono- + -phóros -phore) + -a neuter plural noun suffix

siphonophorous [sahy-fuh-nof-er-uhs] , adjective
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siphonophore (ˈsaɪfənəˌfɔː, saɪˈfɒnə-)
 
n
any marine colonial hydrozoan of the order Siphonophora, including the Portuguese man-of-war
 
[C19: from New Latin siphonophora, from Greek siphōnophoros tube-bearing]
 
siphonophorous
 
adj

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siphonophore   (sī-fŏn'ə-fôr', sī'fə-nə-)  Pronunciation Key 
Any of various transparent, often subtly colored marine cnidarians of the order Siphonophora, consisting of a delicate floating or swimming colony of polyplike and medusalike individuals. Siphonophores can reach lengths of 40 m (131 ft), making them longer than blue whales. The Portuguese man-of-war is a siphonophore.
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Example sentences
The siphonophore kept going and going, nothing but stomachs and tentacles.
One of the many interesting creatures that have been observed is the siphonophore, pictured here.
One such example is a small siphonophore, which spends its entire life as plankton.
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