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spongin

[spuhn-jin]
noun
  1. a scleroprotein occurring in the form of fibers that form the skeleton of certain sponges.
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Origin of spongin

First recorded in 1865–70; sponge + -in2
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Examples from the Web for spongin

Historical Examples

  • You better hustle ahead with your spongin' off; I'm just about through here!

    The Deserter, and Other Stories

    Harold Frederic

  • I can't stay an' be spongin' on you folks any longer, it wouldn't be proper.

  • The amount of spongin present is also different in different species.

  • In other species the spongin is intermixed with spicules of silica, or of carbonate of lime, in various shapes.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • In this genus the skeleton is more or less flexible, being composed of spongin.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold


British Dictionary definitions for spongin

spongin

noun
  1. a fibrous horny protein that forms the skeletal framework of the bath sponge and related sponges
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Word Origin

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