- 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.
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Origin of polyp
OTHER WORDS FROM polyppol·yp·ous, adjective
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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