Definition of obelia in English:

obelia

Line breaks: obe¦lia
Pronunciation: /ə(ʊ)ˈbiːlɪə
 
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noun

Zoology
  • A sedentary colonial coelenterate with upright branching stems bearing minute cups in which the polyps sit.
    • Genus Obelia, class Hydrozoa
    More example sentences
    • Obelia is used in many zoology textbooks to exemplify the Hydrozoa life cycle.
    • In the coelenterate Obelia, the egg develops into a colonial hydroid consisting of a series of branching Hydra-like organisms called polyps.
    • Cnidarians of the genus Obelia form colonies of polyps in their asexual generation.

Origin

modern Latin, from Greek obelos 'pointed pillar'.

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