[par-uh-zoh-uh n]Zoology


any member of a group of invertebrates comprising the phylum Porifera, the sponges.


of or relating to a parazoan organism.

Origin of parazoan

< New Latin parazo(a) (see para-1, -zoa) + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for parazoan


noun plural -zoa (-ˈzəʊə)

any multicellular invertebrate of the group Parazoa, which consists of the sponges (phylum Porifera)Compare metazoan

Word Origin for parazoan

C19: from parazoa, formed on the model of protozoa and metazoa, from para- 1 + Greek zōon animal
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