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poriferan

[paw-rif-er-uh n, poh-, puh-]
noun
  1. any animal of the phylum Porifera, comprising the sponges.
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adjective
  1. belonging or pertaining to the Porifera.
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Origin of poriferan

First recorded in 1860–65; Porifer(a) + -an

Porifera

[paw-rif-er-uh, poh-, puh-]
noun
  1. an animal phylum comprising the sponges.
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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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British Dictionary definitions for poriferans

poriferan

noun
  1. any invertebrate of the phylum Porifera, which comprises the sponges
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adjective Also: poriferous
  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the phylum Porifera
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Word Origin for poriferan

C19: from New Latin porifer bearing pores
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Word Origin and History for poriferans

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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poriferans in Science

poriferan

[pə-rĭfər-ən]
  1. See sponge.
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