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Venus's girdle

noun
1.
an iridescent blue-and-green comb jelly, Cestum veneris, having a ribbon-shaped, gelatinous body.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70
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Venus's girdle

(Cestum veneris) ribbon-shaped comb jelly of the order Cestida (phylum Ctenophora) found in the Mediterranean Sea. Its graceful, transparent body, which is a delicate violet in colour, is 1 metre (about 40 inches) or more long and about 5 cm (2 inches) wide. It has a well-developed musculature and swims with an undulating motion

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