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zoophyte (ZO-uh-fyt) noun
An animal (such as sponge, coral, sea anemone, etc.) resembling a plant.
[These invertebrate animals are attached to a surface and have a branched structure, hence zoophyte, literally animal plant, from Modern Latin zoophyton, from Greek zoophyton, from zoo- (animal) + phyton (plant).]
"Did you know that sponges were zoophytes, or that they had domestic
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