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poriferan

[ paw-rif-er-uhn, poh-, puh- ]
/ pɔˈrɪf ər ən, poʊ-, pə- /
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noun

any animal of the phylum Porifera, comprising the sponges.

adjective

belonging or pertaining to the Porifera.

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Origin of poriferan

First recorded in 1860–65; Porifer(a) + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for poriferan

poriferan
/ (pɔːˈrɪfərən) /

noun

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

poriferan
[ pə-rĭfər-ən ]

See sponge.
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