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

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 Unabridged
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siphonophore (ˈsaɪfənəˌfɔː, saɪˈfɒnə-)
any marine colonial hydrozoan of the order Siphonophora, including the Portuguese man-of-war
[C19: from New Latin siphonophora, from Greek siphōnophoros tube-bearing]

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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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