Definitions for: Zoophyte


[n] any of various invertebrate animals resembling a plant such as a sea anemone or coral or sponge



Webster (1913) Definition: Zo"["o]*phyte, n. [F. zoophyte, Gr. ?; zw^,on an
animal + ? plant, akin to ? to be born, to be. See Zodiac,
and Be, v. i.] (Zo["o]l.)
(a) Any one of numerous species of invertebrate animals which
more or less resemble plants in appearance, or mode of
growth, as the corals, gorgonians, sea anemones,
hydroids, bryozoans, sponges, etc., especially any of
those that form compound colonies having a branched or
treelike form, as many corals and hydroids.
(b) Any one of the Zo["o]phyta.

See Also: invertebrate


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