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noun, plural pol·y·par·ies.
  1. the common supporting structure of a colony of polyps, as corals.
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Origin of polypary

From the New Latin word polypārium, dating back to 1740–50. See polyp, -ary
Related formspol·y·par·i·an [pol-uh-pair-ee-uh n] /ˌpɒl əˈpɛər i ən/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Of the early development of the polypary in the Dendroidea little is known, but the more mature stages have been fully worked out.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 3


British Dictionary definitions for polypary


polyparium (ˌpɒlɪˈpɛərɪəm)

noun plural -paries or -paria (-ˈpɛərɪə)
  1. the common base and connecting tissue of a colony of coelenterate polyps, esp coral
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Word Origin

C18: from New Latin polypārium; see polyp
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