Definition of sycon in English:

sycon

noun

Zoology
  • A sponge of intermediate structure, showing some folding of the body wall with choanocytes lining only radial canals.

    Compare with ascon and leucon
    • ‘Ascon, sycon, and leucon are levels of complexity that grade one into the other.’
    • ‘Sycons are quick enough at regenerating to cope, I have a few different species on the way too that would probably be suitable, I might try and culture some.’
    • ‘In the tide-pools all four calcareous sponges occur in quantity, and under heavy masses of weed both the Sycons are equally abundant.’

Origin

Late 19th century: adopted as a genus name from Greek sukon fig.

Pronunciation:

sycon

/ˈsīkän/