Meaning of Cnidaria

Cni•dar•i•a

Pronunciation: (nī-dâr'ē-u), [key]
— n. Zool.
  1. an alternative name for the invertebrate phylum Coelenterata, giving emphasis to the stinging structures as characteristic of the phylum.
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