Venus's flower-basket
Euplectella Eu`plec*tel"la, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? well plaited; e'y^ well + ? plaited.] (Zo["o]l) A genus of elegant, glassy sponges, consisting of interwoven siliceous fibers, and growing in the form of a cornucopia; -- called also {Venus's flower-basket}. [1913 Webster] ||

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  • Venus's flower basket — Venus Ve nus, n. [L. Venus, eris, the goddess of love, the planet Venus.] 1. (Class. Myth.) The goddess of beauty and love, that is, beauty or love deified. [1913 Webster] 2. (Anat.) One of the planets, the second in order from the sun, its orbit …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Venus's flower basket — a glass sponge of the genus Euplectella, inhabiting deep waters off the Philippines and Japan, having a cylindrical skeleton formed of an intricate latticework of siliceous spicules. [1870 75] * * * ▪ sponge       any of several sponges of the… …   Universalium

  • venus's-flower-basket — noun (plural venus s flower baskets) Usage: usually capitalized V : a delicate tubular or cornucopia shaped hexactinellid sponge (genus Euplectella) native to the East Indies and the eastern coast of Asia and having a skeleton of glassy… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Venus's flower-basket — noun Date: 1872 any of several glass sponges (genus Euplectella) of the western Pacific and Indian oceans called also Venus flower basket …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Venus's flower basket — noun a deep sea sponge of the genus Euplectella, having an intricate skeleton of siliceous spicules …   Australian English dictionary

  • Venus's flower basket — noun a deep water marine sponge having a cylindrical skeleton of intricate glassy latticework; found in the waters of the East Indies and the eastern coast of Asia • Hypernyms: ↑glass sponge • Member Holonyms: ↑Euplectella, ↑genus Euplectella …   Useful english dictionary

  • Venus's basket — Venus Ve nus, n. [L. Venus, eris, the goddess of love, the planet Venus.] 1. (Class. Myth.) The goddess of beauty and love, that is, beauty or love deified. [1913 Webster] 2. (Anat.) One of the planets, the second in order from the sun, its orbit …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Venus's basin — Venus Ve nus, n. [L. Venus, eris, the goddess of love, the planet Venus.] 1. (Class. Myth.) The goddess of beauty and love, that is, beauty or love deified. [1913 Webster] 2. (Anat.) One of the planets, the second in order from the sun, its orbit …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Venus's bath — Venus Ve nus, n. [L. Venus, eris, the goddess of love, the planet Venus.] 1. (Class. Myth.) The goddess of beauty and love, that is, beauty or love deified. [1913 Webster] 2. (Anat.) One of the planets, the second in order from the sun, its orbit …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Venus's comb — Venus Ve nus, n. [L. Venus, eris, the goddess of love, the planet Venus.] 1. (Class. Myth.) The goddess of beauty and love, that is, beauty or love deified. [1913 Webster] 2. (Anat.) One of the planets, the second in order from the sun, its orbit …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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