Definition of zoophyton in English:

zoophyton

noun

Biology
historical
  • Originally: an animal thought to resemble or have certain characteristics of a plant or flower. In later use (usually in plural): specifically any animal belonging to the (former) group Zoophyta, comprising certain sessile invertebrate animals, typically with a branching or radiating structure, such as crinoids, hydrozoans, sponges, and bryozoans.

Origin

Early 17th century. From post-classical Latin zoophyton from Hellenistic Greek ζῳόϕυτον plant from ancient Greek ζῳο- + ϕυτόν plant.

Pronunciation

zoophyton

/ˌzuː(ə)ˈfʌɪtən//ˈzuː(ə)fʌɪtən//ˈzəʊəfʌɪtən/