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A member of the order or suborder Physonectae of siphonophores which typically have both a small gas-filled float (pneumatophore) and one or more rows of medusoid swimming-bells (nectophores).
Of or relating to the order or suborder Physonectae of siphonophores.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Isaac Funk (1839–1912), publisher and reformer. From scientific Latin Physonectae, order or suborder name from physo- + Hellenistic Greek νήκτης a swimmer.
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