Definition of Hydrozoa in English:

Hydrozoa

Line breaks: Hydro|zoa
Pronunciation: /ˌhʌɪdrə(ʊ)ˈzəʊə
 
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noun

Zoology
  • A class of coelenterates which includes hydras and Portuguese men-of-war. Many of them are colonial and some kinds have both polypoid and medusoid phases.
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    • The groups Hydrozoa, Scyphozoa and Cubozoa all are generally characterized as having polyps and medusae (although minor lineages have lost medusae and in some cases polyps).
    • Another feature that is quite common in Hydrozoa but not typical of Scyphozoa is colonial organization.
    • However, Hydra is not typical of the Hydrozoa as a whole.

Origin

modern Latin (plural), from hydro- 'water' + Greek zōion 'animal'.

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