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Zoophyte   Listen

Any of various invertebrate animals resembling a plant such as a sea anemone or coral or sponge.

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... or far from land, and whether the water was salt, brackish, or fresh. Some limestones consist almost exclusively of corals, and in many cases it is evident that the present position of each fossil zoophyte has been determined by the manner in which it grew originally. The axis of the coral, for example, if its natural growth is erect, still remains at right angles to the plane of stratification. If the stratum be now horizontal, the round spherical heads of certain species ...
— The Student's Elements of Geology • Sir Charles Lyell

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