Definition of poriferous in English:

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Pronunciation: /pɒˈrɪf(ə)rəs/

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Having pores.
Example sentences
  • Their outer ends are covered over by a dermal poriferous membrane.
  • Fixed to the same spot in the ocean as the tree to the land, the nutritive surface of the poriferous animal is always in contact with the water.
  • In many specimens the anterior petals are delicate and the anterior poriferous zone narrows markedly towards the apical system.


Mid 19th century: from Latin porus 'pore' + -ferous.

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