comb jelly

[ kohm ]
/ koʊm /

noun

any marine invertebrate of the phylum Ctenophora, comprising various nearly transparent creatures having rounded, oval, or band-shaped bodies propelled by eight iridescent appendages composed of cilia arranged like teeth on a comb.

Nearby words

  1. comatose,
  2. comatulid,
  3. comayagua,
  4. comb,
  5. comb back,
  6. comb out,
  7. comb-footed spider,
  8. comb-out,
  9. comb-over,
  10. comb.

Origin of comb jelly

First recorded in 1885–90

Also called ctenophore.

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British Dictionary definitions for comb jelly

comb jelly

noun

another name for a ctenophore
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Science definitions for comb jelly

comb jelly

[ kōm ]

See ctenophore.
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