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[gon-uh-fawr, -fohr]
noun Zoology.
  1. an asexually produced bud in hydrozoans that gives rise to the equivalent of a medusa.
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Origin of gonophore

First recorded in 1825–35; gono- + -phore
Related formsgon·o·phor·ic [gon-uh-fawr-ik, -for-] /ˌgɒn əˈfɔr ɪk, -ˈfɒr-/, go·noph·o·rous [goh-nof-er-uh s] /goʊˈnɒf ər əs/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for gonophore

Historical Examples

  • The medusae may be set free or may remain attached to the polyp-colony and degenerate into a gonophore.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 2


  • The eudoxome (Calycophorida), consisting of a bract, siphon, tentacle and gonophore; when free it is known as Eudoxia.

British Dictionary definitions for gonophore


  1. zoology a polyp in certain coelenterates that bears gonads
  2. botany an elongated structure in certain flowers that bears the stamens and pistil above the level of the other flower parts
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Derived Formsgonophoric (ˌɡɒnəʊˈfɒrɪk) or gonophorous (ɡəʊˈnɒfərəs), adjective
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gonophore in Medicine


  1. A structure, such as an oviduct, that stores or conducts sex cells.
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gonophore in Science


  1. A structure bearing or consisting of a reproductive organ or part, such as the one of the buds that produce sperm or eggs on a cnidarian polyp.
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