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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Porifera, phylum Poriferanoun

    coextensive with the subkingdom Parazoa: sponges

Webster Dictionary

  1. Porifera

    a grand division of the Invertebrata, including the sponges; -- called also Spongiae, Spongida, and Spongiozoa. The principal divisions are Calcispongiae, Keratosa or Fibrospongiae, and Silicea

    Etymology: [NL., fr. L. porus pore + ferre to bear.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Porifera

    pō-rif′e-ra, n.pl. sponges:—sing. Por′ifer.—adjs. Porif′eral, Porif′erous. [L. porus, a pore, ferre, to bear.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Porifera

    The phylum of sponges which are sessile, suspension-feeding, multicellular animals that utilize flagellated cells called choanocytes to circulate water. Most are hermaphroditic. They are probably an early evolutionary side branch that gave rise to no other group of animals. Except for about 150 freshwater species, sponges are marine animals. They are a source of ALKALOIDS; STEROLS; and other complex molecules useful in medicine and biological research.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of porifera in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of porifera in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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    one of four connected cavities in the brain; is continuous with the central canal of the spinal cord and contains cerebrospinal fluid
    • A. ventricle
    • B. auspices
    • C. rung
    • D. omphalos

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