[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
- of, relating to, or belonging to the phylum Porifera
C19: from New Latin porifer bearing pores
- See sponge.
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