polypary

[ pol-uh-per-ee ]
/ ˈpɒl əˌpɛr i /

noun, plural pol·y·par·ies.

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

OTHER WORDS FROM polypary

pol·y·par·i·an [pol-uh-pair-ee-uhn], /ˌpɒl əˈpɛər i ən/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for polypary

polypary

polyparium (ˌpɒlɪˈpɛərɪəm)

/ (ˈpɒlɪpərɪ) /

noun plural -paries or -paria (-ˈpɛərɪə)

the common base and connecting tissue of a colony of coelenterate polyps, esp coral

Word Origin for polypary

C18: from New Latin polypārium; see polyp
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