spongin

[ spuhn-jin ]
/ ˈspʌn dʒɪn /
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noun

a scleroprotein occurring in the form of fibers that form the skeleton of certain sponges.

Nearby words

  1. sponger,
  2. spongeware,
  3. spongiform,
  4. spongiform encephalopathy,
  5. spongillafly,
  6. spongio-,
  7. spongioblast,
  8. spongioblastoma,
  9. spongiocyte,
  10. spongioid

Origin of spongin

First recorded in 1865–70; sponge + -in2

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British Dictionary definitions for spongin

spongin

/ (ˈspʌndʒɪn) /

noun

a fibrous horny protein that forms the skeletal framework of the bath sponge and related sponges

Word Origin for spongin

C19: from German, from Latin spongia sponge + -in

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