Porifera

[ paw-rif-er-uh, poh-, puh- ]
/ pɔˈrɪf ər ə, poʊ-, pə- /
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noun

an animal phylum comprising the sponges.

Origin of Porifera

1835–45; < New Latin equivalent to Late Latin porus pore2 + -i- -i- + -fera, neuter plural of -ferus -ferous
Related formspo·rif·er·an, adjective, noun
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Porifera


n.

1843, Modern Latin, literally "bearing pores," neuter plural of porifer, from Latin porus "pore, opening" (see pore (n.)) + -fer "bearing" (see infer). Related: Poriferal; poriferous.

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