ctenophore

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"Ctenophorae" from Ernst Haeckel's Kunstformen der Natur, 1904

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From cteno- +‎ -phore, after scientific Latin Ctenophora.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtiːnəfɔː/, /ˈtɛnəfɔː/
  • enPR: těn'ə-fôr'

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ctenophore (plural ctenophores)

  1. Any of various marine animals of the phylum Ctenophora, having lucent, mucilaginous bodies bearing eight rows of comblike cilia used for swimming. [from 19th c.]
    • 2017, Douglas Fox, ‘Aliens in our midst’, Aeon, 1 August:
      Ctenophores are abundant in the oceans, but long-neglected by scientists.

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