Definition of prosopyle in English:

prosopyle

noun

Zoology
  • In sponges (other than those having a simple asconoid structure): a minute pore by which water passes from an incurrent canal into a radial canal or flagellated chamber (in which choanocytes trap food particles).

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in William Sollas (1849–1936), geologist and anthropologist. From ancient Greek πρόσω forwards + -pyle.

Pronunciation

prosopyle

/ˈprɒsəpʌɪl/