Fresh-water polyp
Polyp Pol"yp, n. [L. polypus, Gr. ?, ?, literally, many-footed; poly`s many + ?, ?, foot: cf. F. polype. See {Poly-} and {Foot}, and cf. {Polypode}, {Polypody}, {Poulp}.] (Zo["o]l.) (a) One of the feeding or nutritive zooids of a hydroid or coral. (b) One of the Anthozoa. (c) pl. Same as {Anthozoa}. See {Anthozoa}, {Madreporaria}, {Hydroid}. [Written also {polype}.] [1913 Webster]

{Fresh-water polyp}, the hydra.

{Polyp stem} (Zo["o]l.), that portion of the stem of a siphonophore which bears the polypites, or feeding zooids. [1913 Webster]


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  • Polyp stem — Polyp Pol yp, n. [L. polypus, Gr. ?, ?, literally, many footed; poly s many + ?, ?, foot: cf. F. polype. See {Poly } and {Foot}, and cf. {Polypode}, {Polypody}, {Poulp}.] (Zo[ o]l.) (a) One of the feeding or nutritive zooids of a hydroid or coral …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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