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  1. a phylum of invertebrates comprising about 4000 marine and freshwater species of bryozoans.
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Origin of Bryozoa

From New Latin, dating back to 1840–50; see origin at bryo-, -zoa
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Examples from the Web for bryozoa

Historical Examples

  • The name of Bryozoa, Moss-Corals, was formerly given to these growths.

    Stories of the Universe: Animal Life

    B. Lindsay

  • Bryozoa, "moss-animals," from some forming cells having that appearance.

    Marvels of Pond-life

    Henry J. Slack

  • This class of animals is also called Bryozoa, and certain species have the common names of sea-mats and corallines.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • A division of the Molluscoida comprising compound animals, such as the Sea-mat—sometimes called Bryozoa.

  • The Bryozoa have many affinities with the Mollusca, to which some naturalists consider them to belong.