Meaning of coelenterate

coe•len•ter•ate

Pronunciation: (si-len'tu-rāt", -tur-it), [key]
— n.
  1. any invertebrate animal of the phylum Coelenterata, including the hydras, jellyfishes, sea anemones, and corals, characterized by a single internal cavity serving for digestion, excretion, and other functions and having tentacles on the oral end. Cf. cnidarian.
—adj.
  1. belonging or pertaining to the Coelenterata.
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