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dendroid

Line breaks: den|droid
Pronunciation: /ˈdɛndrɔɪd
 
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Definition of dendroid in English:

adjective

Biology
(Of a plant, marine invertebrate, or structure) tree-shaped; branching.
Example sentences
  • The intermediate-level benthos was dominated by sponges, corals, giant bivalves, giant brachiopods, stalked echinoderms and fixed dendroid graptolites.
  • Further, older autozooids in major proximal regions of some large dendroid colonies stopped growing skeletons outwardly as distal colony growth continued.
  • Many dendroid colonies in lower Paleozoic trepostomes developed narrow exozones of young presumably feeding autozooids in cycles that covered growing branch tips.

noun

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A graptolite of a type that formed much-branched colonies, found chiefly in the Ordovician and Silurian periods.
  • Order Dendroidea, class Graptolithina
Example sentences
  • In the Early Ordovician, many-branched planktonic forms developed from the attached dendroids.

Origin

mid 19th century: from dendro- 'tree' + -oid.

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