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From siphono- +‎ -phore.


siphonophore (plural siphonophores)

  1. (zoology) Any of various transparent marine hydrozoans, of the order Siphonophorae, that float or swim as colonies of polyps.
    • 2017, Derek J Skillings, ‘Life is not easily bounded’, Aeon, 24 October:
      Is an individual hydra polyp analogous to an entire siphonophore colony – or is it more like a member of that colony?

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