• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Nematophora (Zoöl) Same as Cœlenterata.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • nematophora A prime division of Cælentera, containing all those which have thread-cells or stinging-hairs; the nematophorans, nematophorous cœlenterates, or Cnidariæ: distinguished from Porifera or sponges. , The name is a synonym of Cœlentera in the usual and current sense of that, term, as covering the Anthozoa, Hydrozoa, and Ctenophora. In some arrangements, as that of E. R. Lankester, Nematophora are a prime division or phylum of animals, with four classes:
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. nh^ma nh`matos, a thread + fe`rein to bear