Definition of Siphonophora in English:

Siphonophora

plural noun

Zoology
  • An order of colonial marine coelenterates that includes the Portuguese man-of-war, having a float or swimming bell for drifting or swimming on the open sea.

    • ‘These creatures are probably relatives of the Siphonophora, an order of colonial cnidarians that includes the venomous ‘Portuguese man-o-war’.’
    • ‘The Portuguese man-of-war is actually any of various invertebrate, jelly-like marine animals of the family Siphonophora.’
    • ‘Jones' last publication on the subject of marine life was on the morphology and relationships of the Siphonophora.’

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from Greek siphōn ‘tube’ + pherein ‘to bear’.

Pronunciation

Siphonophora

/ˌsīfəˈnäfərə/