- 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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OTHER WORDS FROM polyppol·yp·ous, adjective
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How to use polyp in a sentence
Under heat stress, corals’ algae spew toxic chemicals, prompting polyps to kick them out.
Center stage are the photosynthetic algae that harness the power of the sun, providing energy to their animal host, the coral polyp.
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.