Definition of polypary in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈpɒlɪp(ə)ri

noun (plural polyparies)

  • The common stem or skeletal support of a colony of polyps, to which the individual zooids are attached.
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    • The sicula itself ceases to grow soon after the earliest theca have been developed; it remains permanently attached to the dorsal wall of the polypary.
    • Small colonies do not have a folded polypary.


mid 18th century: from modern Latin polyparium, from Latin polypus (see polypus).

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