Definition of physonect in English:

physonect

noun

Zoology
  • 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).

adjective

Zoology
  • Of or relating to the order or suborder Physonectae of siphonophores.

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

physonect

/ˈfʌɪsə(ʊ)nɛkt/