One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A slender upright glass sponge with a filmy lattice-like skeleton.
Genus Euplectella, class Hexactinellida
- ‘For Mr. Mau, the appeal of Venus's flower baskets goes beyond their beauty or their organic glass structure.’
- ‘Once again he examines the exquisite skeleton of the Venus's flower basket, though he's no doubt seen it thousands of times.’
- ‘A Venus's flower basket, with a pair of ‘permanently married’ isopods, is often used by the Japanese as a symbolic wedding gift.’
- ‘The only specimen of this class anyone reading this article is likely to have ever seen is Euplectella aspergillum, the Venus's flower basket.’
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