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parazoan

[par-uh-zoh-uh n]Zoology
noun
  1. any member of a group of invertebrates comprising the phylum Porifera, the sponges.
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adjective
  1. of or relating to a parazoan organism.
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Origin of parazoan

< New Latin parazo(a) (see para-1, -zoa) + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for parazoan

parazoan

noun plural -zoa (-ˈzəʊə)
  1. any multicellular invertebrate of the group Parazoa, which consists of the sponges (phylum Porifera)Compare metazoan
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Word Origin

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