an invertebrate which resembles a plant in appearance or mode of growth, as for example, hard corals, sea fans, and other soft corals, sea anemones, hydroids, bryozoans, sponges, etc., especially any of those that form compound colonies having a tree-like form
literally "animal plant," an archaic term for a sea anemone
zoo-fite A plantlike animal, esp. a coral, sea anemone, or sponge.
any of various invertebrate animals resembling a plant such as a sea anemone or coral or sponge
A zoophyte is an animal that visually resembles a plant. An example is a sea anemone. The name is obsolete in modern science.