Poriferan \Po*rif"er*an\, n. (Zo["o]l.) One of the Polifera. [1913 Webster]

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  • poriferan — [pō rif′ər ən, pərif′ər ən] n. [< L porus, PORE2 + FER + AN] SPONGE (sense 1) adj. of or pertaining to the poriferans …   English World dictionary

  • poriferan — /paw rif euhr euhn, poh , peuh /, n. 1. any animal of the phylum Porifera, comprising the sponges. adj. 2. belonging or pertaining to the Porifera. [1860 65; PORIFER(A) + AN] * * * …   Universalium

  • poriferan — noun Any sponge of the phylum Porifera …   Wiktionary

  • poriferan — po·rif·er·an …   English syllables

  • poriferan — po•rif•er•an [[t]pɔˈrɪf ər ən, poʊ , pə [/t]] n. 1) ivt any animal of the phylum Porifera, comprising the sponges 2) ivt belonging or pertaining to the phylum Porifera • Etymology: 1860–65; < NLPorifer(a)(LL por(us) pore II+ i i + fera, neut.… …   From formal English to slang

  • poriferan — /pɔˈrɪfərən/ (say paw rifuhruhn) noun 1. any animal of the phylum Porifera, comprising the sponges. –adjective 2. belonging to or relating to the Porifera …   Australian English dictionary

  • poriferan — noun primitive multicellular marine animal whose porous body is supported by a fibrous skeletal framework; usually occurs in sessile colonies • Syn: ↑sponge, ↑parazoan • Derivationally related forms: ↑spongy (for: ↑sponge), ↑sponge ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • poriferan Zoology — [pə rɪf(ə)rən] noun an aquatic invertebrate of the order Porifera; a sponge. adjective relating to poriferans. Origin from mod. L. Porifera, from L. porus pore + fer bearing …   English new terms dictionary

  • Sponge — This article is about the aquatic animal. For the porous cleaning tool, see Sponge (material). For other uses, see Sponge (disambiguation). Sponge Temporal range: Ediacaran–Recent …   Wikipedia

  • Osculum — For the kiss called osculum, see Osculum infame Osculum. The osculum is an excretory structure in the living sponge, a large opening to the outside through which the current of water exits after passing through the spongocoel. Wastes diffuse into …   Wikipedia

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