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anthozoan

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noun an·tho·zo·an \ˌan(t)-thə-ˈzō-ən\

Definition of anthozoan

  1. :  any of a class (Anthozoa) of marine coelenterates (as the corals and sea anemones) having polyps with radial partitions

anthozoan

adjective


Origin and Etymology of anthozoan

ultimately from Greek anthos + zōion animal; akin to Greek zōē life — more at quick


First Known Use: 1877


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