One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Any of various bryozoans that form a lace-like mesh, especially those of the fossil family Fenestellidae and the extant family Phidoloporidae.
2Any of various hydrozoans of the family Stylasteridae, forming lace-like branches; usually with distinguishing word.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Museum Humfredianum.
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