• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Spongiæ spŏn"jĭ*ē (Zoöl) The grand division of the animal kingdom which includes the sponges; -- called also Spongida Spongiaria Spongiozoa, and Porifera.☞ In the Spongiæ, the soft sarcode of the body is usually supported by a skeleton consisting of horny fibers, or of siliceous or calcareous spicules. The common sponges contain larger and smaller cavities and canals, and numerous small ampullæ which are lined with ciliated cells capable of taking in solid food. The outer surface usually has minute pores through which water enters, and large openings for its exit. Sponges produce eggs and spermatozoa, and the egg when fertilized undergoes segmentation to form a ciliated embryo.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Sponge


In literature:

This gas bubbles up and makes the heavy dough spongy and light.
"Mother Stories from the New Testament" by Anonymous
Up the steep ravine he went, finding the going easier than through the spongy swamps below.
"The Cock-House at Fellsgarth" by Talbot Baines Reed
Bep's nature was spongy with a capacity for saturation.
"The Madigans" by Miriam Michelson
The spongy earth seemed to smoke.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 1 (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
There the moistened ground was so spongy that it would disclose any footprint.
"Klondike Nuggets" by E. S. Ellis
It retains its solidity and freshness till spring, and often at midsummer has no appearance of sponginess or decay.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
The stomach was small, and exceedingly spongy in its mucous lining.
"An Investigation into the Nature of Black Phthisis" by Archibald Makellar
The thorax is filled with the spongy tissue of the lungs, not to mention the heart.
"The Psychology of Singing" by David C. Taylor
The boys were almost afraid to penetrate further into the woods, for they found the ground growing wet and spongy under their feet.
"The Rover Boys on the Farm" by Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
Here the ground was soft and spongy.
"Followers of the Trail" by Zoe Meyer

In poetry:

Root met root in the spongy ground,
Searching each for food:
Each turned aside, and away it wound.
And each got something good.
"Lessons For A Child" by George MacDonald
"But now you are covered with bunions
And spongy and morbid and blue;
You bite in the night like an adder—
O say, what has happened to you?"
"Owed To Volstead" by Wallace Irwin
Seven years had gone, when Issa came again,
And offered this excuse for his delay,
"The soil is spongy all along this glen--
To have it settle I have stayed away.
"The Taj Of Agra" by Joseph Horatio Chant

In news:

Japan reported Asia's first suspected case of bovine spongi form encephalopathy (BSE) on Sept 10, prompting bans of Japanese beef from other countries in the region and a flood of calls from concerned consumers.
Spongy patent leather with leather straps, $995.
But like childhood itself, the spongy confection of egg whites, sugar and gelatin is often relegated to happy memory as the years progress.
Hydrologist Joe Messina pushes an aluminum tube straight down into the spongy springtime snow in a mountainside forest, crouches to read the markings on the side and calls out the depth: 28 inches.
Intense track-day sessions taxed the Shiver 's undersprung, overdamped suspension, the bike proving spongy in corners and jarring over rough pavement.
Spongy carbon 'nanotubes' can soak up oil during a spill.
Spongy carbon 'nanotubes' can soak up oil during a spill.
It imports a sponginess to the turf.
But is it?It took scientists eight long years and millions of dollars to sneak whole grains into that spongy, yeasty icon of US health-unconscious consumerism.
The notion of "no more Twinkies" set off a Twitter frenzy about the spongy yellow favorite.
Would you live in an old freezer with a spongy cork roof and hard concrete floors near a loud and very well-running train track.
The Insider weighs in saying that although the Scarone's roll is an inch longer, the spongy Carangi is better for sandwich transport.
Spongy crust, tasteless toppings and stingy sauce, all served in a converted McDonald's.
A hallucinatory morning mist hangs over Western Lake, which is rimmed by long-stemmed sea oats set in the spongy banks and water lilies anchored just off the shore.
What would the world be like without the delicious, spongy cake with cream filling.