[ paw-rif-er-uhn, poh-, puh- ]
/ pɔˈrɪf ər ən, poʊ-, pə- /
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any animal of the phylum Porifera, comprising the sponges.
belonging or pertaining to the Porifera.
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British Dictionary definitions for poriferan
/ (pɔːˈrɪfərən) /
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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Scientific definitions for poriferan
[ pə-rĭf′ər-ən ]
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