Meaning of zoophyte in English:


Pronunciation /ˈzuːəfʌɪt/ /ˈzəʊəfʌɪt/ /ˈzuːfʌɪt/


dated Zoology
  • A plantlike animal, especially a coral, sea anemone, sponge, or sea lily.

    • ‘There resulted, he proposed, eleven general grades with man at the apex and the zoophytes at the bottom, the zoophytes being invertebrate animals resembling plants.’
    • ‘A bottle was produced which was said to contain certain zoophytes.’
    • ‘Sheer chance had placed me in the presence of the most valuable specimens of this zoophyte.’
    • ‘It lists all the rarer plants of the district, and the zoophytes, and devotes a whole chapter to geology.’
    • ‘During those two days of April 11-12, the Nautilus didn't leave the surface of the sea, and its trawl brought up a simply miraculous catch of zoophytes, fish, and reptiles.’


Early 17th century from Greek zōiophuton(see zoo-, -phyte).



/ˈzuːəfʌɪt/ /ˈzəʊəfʌɪt/ /ˈzuːfʌɪt/