- 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
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.
The polyp extended his feet, and formed what M. de Marsigli and I had taken for the petals of a flower.
The coral is viviparous; that is to say, its eggs become embryos inside the polyp.
The polyp on the upper end continues to live and rises above the excess of solid matter.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide|Augusta Foote Arnold
In both cases the hydranth is extremely reduced and has no tentacles, and the polyp forms a colony by budding from the base.
When the polyp dies the fleshy part decays, and the coral, which is the skeleton of the polyp, is left.How Sammy Went to Coral-Land|Emily Paret Atwater
British Dictionary definitions for polyp
Word Origin for polyp
Word Origin and History 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."