any gelatinous marine invertebrate of the phylum Ctenophora; a comb jelly.
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How to use ctenophore in a sentence
The researchers used the cameras to scan at least two unnamed creatures, a new ctenophore and siphonophore.The cameras that capture fragile deep-sea jellies in their element | Elizabeth Anne Brown | March 10, 2022 | MIT Technology Review
When hatched, the little ctenophore is already quite advanced.Seaside Studies in Natural History | Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz
British Dictionary definitions for ctenophore
any marine invertebrate of the phylum Ctenophora, including the sea gooseberry and Venus's-girdle, whose body bears eight rows of fused cilia, for locomotion: Also called: comb jelly
- ctenophoran (tɪˈnɒfərən), adjective, noun
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Scientific definitions for ctenophore
Any of various, mostly small marine invertebrates of the phylum Ctenophora, having transparent, gelatinous bodies bearing eight rows of comblike cilia. Ctenophores have a branched digestive tract that also has circulatory function. Most ctenophores feed on plankton and are bioluminescent, producing brilliant displays of blue or green light at night. Ctenophores are related to cnidarians but are more highly evolved because their bodies have a true mesoderm. Also called comb jelly
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