zoophyta

Zoophyta

Zo*["o]ph"y*ta\, n. pl. [NL., from Gr. zw^,on an animal + fyto`n a plant.] (Zo["o]l.) An extensive artificial and heterogeneous group of animals, formerly adopted by many zo["o]logists. It included the c[oe]lenterates, echinoderms, sponges, Bryozoa, Protozoa, etc.

Note: Sometimes the name is restricted to the C[oe]lentera, or to the Anthozoa.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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