- an asexually produced bud in hydrozoans that gives rise to the equivalent of a medusa.
Origin of gonophore
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The medusae may be set free or may remain attached to the polyp-colony and degenerate into a gonophore.
The eudoxome (Calycophorida), consisting of a bract, siphon, tentacle and gonophore; when free it is known as Eudoxia.
- zoology a polyp in certain coelenterates that bears gonads
- botany an elongated structure in certain flowers that bears the stamens and pistil above the level of the other flower parts
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- A structure, such as an oviduct, that stores or conducts sex cells.
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- A structure bearing or consisting of a reproductive organ or part, such as the one of the buds that produce sperm or eggs on a cnidarian polyp.
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