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  Definition of sponge
  1. primitive multicellular marine animal whose porous body is supported by a fibrous skeletal framework; usually occurs in sessile colonies
  2. a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage
  3. someone able to acquire new knowledge and skills rapidly and easily; "she soaks up foreign languages like a sponge"
  4. a porous mass of interlacing fibers the forms the internal skeleton of various marine animals and usable to absorb water or any porous rubber or cellulose product similarly used
  5. gather sponges, in the ocean
  6. wipe with a sponge, so as to clean or moisten
  7. soak up with a sponge
  8. erase with a sponge; as of words on a blackboard
  9. ask for and get free; be a parasite
Similar Words: poriferan, parazoan, leech, parasite, sponger, quick study, mooch, bum, cadge, grub

 

Hyponyms: glass sponge, freeload

 

Member Meronyms: Porifera, phylum Porifera

 

Derivational Morphology: mooch, bum, cadge, grub, poriferan, parazoan, sponger, leech, parasite, moocher, cadger, scrounger, idler, loafer, do-nothing, layabout

 

Language Translations:
Bosnian: spužva   Chinese: 海綿  
Croatian: spužva   Dutch: spons  
Esperanto: spongo   Finnish: pesusieni  
French: éponge   German: Schwamm  
Greek: σφουγγάρι   Hebrew: סְפוֹג  
Icelandic: svampur   Italian: spugna  
Japanese: 海綿   Korean: 갯솜  
Latin: spognia   Polish: gąbka  
Portuguese: esponja   Russian: губка  
Spanish: esponja   Telugu: స్పాంజి  
 
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