noun Etymology: French polype octopus, nasal polyp, from Old French polipe, from Latin polypus, from Greek polypous, from poly- + pous foot — more at foot Date: 1742 1. a coelenterate (as a coral) that has typically a hollow cylindrical body closed and attached at one end and opening at the other by a central mouth surrounded by tentacles armed with nematocysts 2. a growth projecting from a mucous membrane (as of the colon or vocal cords) • polypoid adjective

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  • Polyp — Polyp …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • 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)… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Polyp — Sm Krake, Nesseltier, Geschwulst der Schleimhäute erw. fach. (16. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus l. polypus, dieses aus gr. polýpous, einer Substantivierung von gr. polýpous vielfüßig , zu gr. poús Fuß und gr. poly . Die Bedeutung Polizist… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • polyp — ► NOUN 1) Zoology the sedentary form of an organism such as a sea anemone or coral, in some cases forming a distinct stage in the animal s life cycle. 2) Medicine a small growth protruding from a mucous membrane. DERIVATIVES polypoid adjective &… …   English terms dictionary

  • Polyp — (Zool. u. Chir.), s. Polypen …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Polyp — Polyp, die ungeschlechtliche Generation der ⇒ Cnidaria; mit einem fest sitzenden, zylinderförmigen Körper, der aus Fußscheibe, Rumpf und Peristom (Mundscheibe) besteht. Der Gastralraum ist einheitlich oder durch Septen unterteilt. P. leben… …   Deutsch wörterbuch der biologie

  • polyp — (n.) c.1400, nasal tumor, from L. polypus cuttlefish, also nasal tumor, from Gk. (Doric, Aeolic) polypos octopus, cuttlefish, from polys many (see PLENARY (Cf. plenary)) + pous foot. Sense extended 1742 to hydras and sea anemones (earlier polypus …   Etymology dictionary

  • Polyp — Polyp: Die heute fachsprachlich veraltete, aber noch volkstümliche Bezeichnung des Tintenfisches erscheint in dt. Texten seit dem 16. Jh. Sie ist aus gleichbed. lat. polypus entlehnt, das seinerseits aus griech. polýpous (eigentlich »Vielfuß«; zu …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • polyp — [päl′ip] n. [Fr polype < L polypus < Gr polypous < poly , POLY + pous, FOOT] 1. any of various cnidarians, colonial or individual, having a mouth fringed with many small, slender tentacles bearing stinging cells at the top of a tubelike… …   English World dictionary

  • Polyp — This article is about the biological structure. For the medical condition, see Polyp (medicine). For the cartoonist, see P J Polyp. Gorgonian polyps in a reef aquarium. A polyp in zoology is one of two forms found in the phylum Cnidaria, the… …   Wikipedia

  • polyp — polypous, adj. /pol ip/, n. 1. Zool. a. a sedentary type of animal form characterized by a more or less fixed base, columnar body, and free end with mouth and tentacles, esp. as applied to coelenterates. b. an individual zooid of a compound or… …   Universalium

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