- a sedentary type of animal form characterized by a more or less fixed base, columnar body, and free end with mouth and tentacles, especially as applied to coelenterates.
- an individual zooid of a compound or colonial organism.
Origin of polyp
Examples from the Web for polyp
Contemporary Examples of polyp
Qatar is just a little spit of land that looks like a polyp on edge of Saudi Arabia.U.S. Ally Qatar Shelters Jihadi Moneymen
December 10, 2014
Coastal construction gives them more places for their polyp stages to colonize.Beware at the Beach, the Jellyfish Rule the Seas and It’s Our Fault
June 20, 2013
A pedantic and self-important “paper architect,” Polyp goes into crisis when his marriage dissolves.
Polyp hops a Greyhound bus and lands in a small rural town, where he talks his way into a job as a car mechanic.
Historical Examples of polyp
"It is nothing for a polyp only to be spitted," says Trembley.
On the 25th of November, 1740, he cut a polyp into sections.
On a polyp a bud is formed by a hollow outgrowth of the body-wall.
After a while it settles down, becomes fixed and develops into a polyp.
In the substance of this polyp lives a crustacean, the nature of which Mons.Animal Parasites and Messmates
P. J. Van Beneden
Word Origin for polyp
c.1400, "nasal tumor," from Middle French polype and directly from Latin polypus "cuttlefish," also "nasal tumor," from Greek (Doric, Aeolic) polypos "octopus, cuttlefish," from polys "many" (see poly-) + pous "foot" (see foot (n.)). Etymological sense revived 1742 as a name for hydras and sea anemones (earlier polypus, early 16c.). The Latin word is the source of French poulpe "octopus."