Zoophyte



any of various invertebrate animals resembling a plant, as a coral or a sea anemone.
Historical Examples

The sermon was not exactly “Greek” to them, but it was all “zoophyte.”
Prisoner for Blasphemy G. W. [George William] Foote

They consist of a cluster of rocks, formed by the zoophyte, or coral worm.
Frank Mildmay Captain Frederick Marryat

Z is a zoophyte, whose heart’s in his head,And whose head’s in his turn—rudimentary Z!
Adventures in Criticism Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

This bivalve is only known to inhabit the Indian Ocean, where it fixes itself to a zoophyte, known by the name Gorgonia.
The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1 Gilbert White

I suppose in this dark cave, where neither seaweed nor zoophyte exists, there is no such thing.
The Mystery of the Sea Bram Stoker

In complexity, our large civilized nations as much exceed primitive savage tribes, as a vertebrate animal does a zoophyte.
Illustrations of Universal Progress Herbert Spencer

In complexity, our large civilized nations as much exceed primitive savage tribes, as a mammal does a zoophyte.
Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I Herbert Spencer

The box pulled out of the hatch, the sea-gods threw up the sponge, that zoophyte being handy.
Lippincott’s Magazine Of Popular Literature And Science, No. 23, February, 1873, Vol. XI. No. 23. Various

The zoophyte fixes itself upon the rocks on the sea shore, and covers itself with sand.
The Ocean World: Louis Figuier

Several questions arise here: Has the zoophyte sentiment, feeling, perception?
The Ocean World: Louis Figuier

noun
any animal resembling a plant, such as a sea anemone

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