[ ten-uh-fawr, -fohr, tee-nuh- ]
/ ˈtɛn əˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr, ˈti nə- /
any gelatinous marine invertebrate of the phylum Ctenophora; a comb jelly.
Words nearby ctenophore
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British Dictionary definitions for ctenophore
/ (ˈtɛnəˌfɔː, ˈtiːnə-) /
any marine invertebrate of the phylum Ctenophora, including the sea gooseberry and Venus's-girdle, whose body bears eight rows of fused cilia, for locomotionAlso called: comb jelly
Derived forms of ctenophorectenophoran (tɪˈnɒfərən), adjective, noun
Word Origin for ctenophore
C19: from New Latin ctenophorus, from Greek kteno-, kteis comb + -phore
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Science definitions for ctenophore
[ tĕn′ə-fôr′ ]
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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