- 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 polyps
Follow-up colonoscopies three years hence determined the presence or absence of polyps.
Known as polyps or adenomas, benign tumors in the colon have the potential to become cancerous.
Most of the polyps form stocks (cormi), the individuals shooting out buds which remain joined to the mother animal.The Wonders of Life|Ernst Haeckel
Finally, but very rarely, polyps are found uniting both sexes.
The body of the cuttle-fish (Sepia) is thus a very singular structure, somewhat reminding us of certain species of polyps.
We find also among Star-fishes the same tendency to multiplication of parts so common among the Polyps and Acalephs.Seaside Studies in Natural History|Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz
On Sertularia argentea, it is asserted, polyps are found on which there exist not less than eighty to a hundred thousand.
Word Origin 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."