Meaning of Venus's flower basket

Ve'nus's flow'er bas"ket

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a glass sponge of the genus Euplectella, inhabiting deep waters off the Philippines and Japan, having a cylindrical skeleton formed of an intricate latticework of siliceous spicules.
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