[paw-rif-er-uh n, poh-, puh-]
any animal of the phylum Porifera, comprising the sponges.
belonging or pertaining to the Porifera.
Origin of poriferan
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any invertebrate of the phylum Porifera, which comprises the sponges
adjective Also: poriferous
of, relating to, or belonging to the phylum Porifera
Word Origin for poriferan
C19: from New Latin porifer bearing pores
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