volvent

[ vol-vuh nt ]
/ ˈvɒl vənt /

noun Zoology.

a small, pear-shaped nematocyst discharging a thread that entangles its prey.

Nearby words

  1. volute spring,
  2. volutin,
  3. volution,
  4. volva,
  5. volvelle,
  6. volvox,
  7. volvulosis,
  8. volvulus,
  9. volzhsky,
  10. vom

Origin of volvent

< Latin volvent- (stem of volvēns), present participle of volvere to turn, twist; see -ent

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