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cnidarian Line breaks: cni|dar¦ian
Pronunciation: /nɪˈdɛːrɪən/

Definition of cnidarian in English:


An aquatic invertebrate animal of the phylum Cnidaria, which comprises the coelenterates.
Example sentences
  • There are three subgroups within the cnidarians that have medusae, cubozoans, hydrozoans, and scyphozoans.
  • It is therefore largely appreciated that the resemblance between ctenophores and cnidarians is superficial and does not reflect a particularly close evolutionary relationship.
  • Fossils of the Twitya Formation are generally presumed to be cnidarians, or at least metazoans of cnidarian grade.


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Relating to or denoting cnidarians.
Example sentences
  • Hox genes have been isolated from a number of cnidarian species including hydra.
  • Our study of the new material does not support a cnidarian affinity.
  • A specific panel of seven target sequences was selected to test the binding patterns of cnidarian paired domains.
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