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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bryozoa  \Bry`o*zo"a\,  n.  pl  [NL.,  fr  Gr  ?  moss  +  ?  animal.] 
  (Zo["o]l.) 
  A  class  of  Molluscoidea,  including  minute  animals  which  by 
  budding  form  compound  colonies;  --  called  also  {Polyzoa}. 
 
  Note:  They  are  often  coralike  in  form  and  appearance,  each 
  small  cell  containing  an  individual  zooid.  Other 
  species  grow  in  delicate,  flexible,  branched  forms, 
  resembling  moss,  whence  the  name  Some  are  found  in 
  fresh  water,  but  most  are  marine.  The  three  principal 
  divisions  are  {Ectoprocta},  {Entoprocta},  and 
  {Pterobranchia}.  See  {Cyclostoma},  {Chilostoma},  and 
  {Phylactolema}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Bryozoa 
  n  :  marine  or  freshwater  animals  that  form  colonies  of  zooids 
  [syn:  {Bryozoa},  {phylum  Bryozoa},  {polyzoa}] 




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