Definition of zoophyte in English:


Line breaks: zoo|phyte
Pronunciation: /ˈzuːəfʌɪt
, ˈzəʊə-, ˈzuːfʌɪt


Zoology , dated
A plant-like animal, especially a coral, sea anemone, sponge, or sea lily.
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  • There resulted, he proposed, eleven general grades with man at the apex and the zoophytes at the bottom, the zoophytes being invertebrate animals resembling plants.
  • A bottle was produced which was said to contain certain zoophytes.
  • Sheer chance had placed me in the presence of the most valuable specimens of this zoophyte.


early 17th century: from Greek zōiophuton (see zoo-, -phyte).

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