[ si-len-tuh-reyt, -ter-it ]
/ sɪˈlɛn təˌreɪt, -tər ɪt /
belonging or pertaining to the Coelenterata.
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Origin of coelenterate
First recorded in 1870–75; see origin at Coelenterata
Words nearby coelenterate
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British Dictionary definitions for coelenterate
/ (sɪˈlɛntəˌreɪt, -rɪt) /
any invertebrate of the phylum Cnidaria (formerly Coelenterata), having a saclike body with a single opening (mouth), which occurs in polyp and medusa forms. Coelenterates include the hydra, jellyfishes, sea anemones, and corals
(loosely) any invertebrate of the phyla Cnidaria or Ctenophora
of or relating to coelenterates
Derived forms of coelenteratecoelenteric (ˌsiːlɛnˈtɛrɪk), adjective
Word Origin for coelenterate
C19: from New Latin Coelenterata, hollow-intestined (creatures); see coel-, enteron
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Scientific definitions for coelenterate
[ sĭ-lĕn′tə-rĭt ]
A marine invertebrate of the obsolete phylum Coelenterata, which included the cnidarians
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