from The Century Dictionary.

  • One of the three divisions into which Huxley and other authors divide the Hydrozoa, the other two being the Discophora and the Siphonophora.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural (Zoöl.) The Hydroidea.


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  • Seems to be the name of a kind of coral. This would fit with the context from The Name of the Rose since Adso was describing a carved door that contained many creatures one would find in an obscure bestiary.

    See also: hydrophore.

    The line from The Name of the Rose is "hydrophora with sawtooth horns".

    April 30, 2009