Definition of comb jelly in English:

comb jelly


  • A marine animal with a jellyfish-like body bearing rows of fused cilia for propulsion. They are typically small planktonic animals and are noted for their luminescence.

    Also called ctenophore
    • ‘When Leidy's comb jelly was introduced to the Black Sea from the United States in 1990, an absence of competitors and predators allowed this jellyfish-like organism to flourish.’
    • ‘The comb-jellies were fairly common, but we also saw the rarer Bolinopsis, or angel comb jelly.’
    • ‘One of the most extraordinary and convincing examples of cryptic female choice occurs in the comb jelly Beroe ovata.’
    • ‘The comb jelly introduced to the Black Sea via the shipping industry in the early 1980s, now comprises up to 95 percent of the biomass in the Black Sea.’
    • ‘They are opportunistic feeders, but seem to prefer gelatinous animals such as sea jellies, comb jellies, and salps.’