Euplectella

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Euplectella a genus of Hyalospongiae
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Euplectella (Zoöl) A genus of elegant, glassy sponges, consisting of interwoven siliceous fibers, and growing in the form of a cornucopia; -- called also Venus's flower-basket.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n euplectella A genus of Hyalospongiæ, referred to the family Hexactinellidæ, or made type of a family Euplectellidæ. It includes the beautiful glass-sponge, E. aspergillum, known as Venus's flower-basket, in which the highly developed silicious spicula form a regular polygonal network, as the wall of a deep cup or basket attached by its base.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. well plaited; e'y^ well + plaited