Zo*oph"y*ta (?), n. pl. [NL., from Gr. an animal + a plant.] Zool.

An extensive artificial and heterogeneous group of animals, formerly adopted by many zoologists. It included the c&oe;lenterates, echinoderms, sponges, Bryozoa, Protozoa, etc.

⇒ Sometimes the name is restricted to the C&oe;lentera, or to the Anthozoa.


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