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Venus's flower basket

noun
1.
a glass sponge of the genus Euplectella, inhabiting deep waters off the Philippines and Japan, having a cylindrical skeleton formed of an intricate latticework of siliceous spicules.
Origin of Venus's flower basket
1870-1875
First recorded in 1870-75
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Venus's flower basket

noun
1.
any of several deep-sea sponges of the genus Euplectella, esp E. aspergillum, having a skeleton composed of interwoven glassy six-rayed spicules
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