(Science: zoology) An order of pelagic hydrozoa including species which form complex free-swimming communities composed of numerous zooids of various kinds, some of which act as floats or as swimming organs, others as feeding or nutritive zooids, and others as reproductive zooids.
Origin: NL, fr. Gr. A siphon _ to bear.
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I started reading about jellyfish this morning, and just couldn't stop. Then I discovered the term siphonophora and immediately had a ton of questions. What I don't understand is how the parts are considered "individuals" if they all come from the same egg, and ...
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