Definition of poriferous in English:

poriferous

adjective

technical
  • Having pores.

    • ‘Fixed to the same spot in the ocean as the tree to the land, the nutritive surface of the poriferous animal is always in contact with the water.’
    • ‘Their outer ends are covered over by a dermal poriferous membrane.’
    • ‘In many specimens the anterior petals are delicate and the anterior poriferous zone narrows markedly towards the apical system.’
    • ‘No nervous filaments were ever discovered in a poriferous animal.’
    • ‘The entire surface is poriferous.’
    permeable, penetrable, pervious
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Origin

Mid 19th century: from Latin porus pore + -ferous.

Pronunciation:

poriferous

/pɒˈrɪf(ə)rəs/