- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM polyppol·yp·ous, adjective
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How to use polyp in a sentence
No one really understood why bleaching occurred, only that if a coral polyp remained without its algae for too long, it could starve and die.When Evolution Is Infectious - Issue 90: Something Green|Moises Velasquez-Manoff|September 30, 2020|Nautilus
Qatar is just a little spit of land that looks like a polyp on edge of Saudi Arabia.
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|Lisa-ann Gershwin|June 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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.
It is in the most beautiful azure depths of the limpid water that this hideous, voracious polyp delights.Toilers of the Sea|Victor Hugo
Thus a polyp, if hard put to it, may shift what little brain and stomach happen to be in his possession.
Each several coral-individual is equivalent to a single living polyp (actinia).The Wonders of Life|Ernst Haeckel
The corallite is composed of carbonate of lime secreted by the polyp, and, broadly speaking, may be called a skeleton.
The polyp on the upper end continues to live and rises above the excess of solid matter.