• WordNet 3.6
    • n Cestum Venus's girdle
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cestum The typical and only genus of tæniate ctenophorans constituting the family Cestidæ. They have a ribbon-like body without oral lobes, and two tentacles near the mouth; each half of the ctenophoral system is represented by four very long canals. Cestum veneris, Venus's-girdle, the common Mediterranean species, is a gelatinous ribbon-like organism several feet long and about two inches across; it exhibits phosphorescence. Also Cestus.
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