Pol"yp (?), n. [L. polypus, Gr. , , literally, many-footed; many + , , foot: cf. F. polype. See Poly- and Foot, and cf. Polypode, Polypody, Poulp.] Zool. (a)

One of the feeding or nutritive zooids of a hydroid or coral.

(b)

One of the Anthozoa.

(c) pl.

Same as Anthozoa. See Anthozoa, Madreporaria, Hydroid.

[Written also polype.]

Fresh-water polyp, the hydra. -- Polyp stem Zool., that portion of the stem of a siphonophore which bears the polypites, or feeding zooids.

 

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