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polypary

Syllabification: pol·y·par·y
Pronunciation: /ˈpäləˌperē
 
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Definition of polypary in English:

noun (plural polyparies)

Zoology
The common stem or skeletal support of a colony of polyps, to which the individual zooids are attached.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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