Alcyonaria

plural noun

Al·​cy·​o·​nar·​ia
ˌal-sē-ə-ˈner-ē-ə
: a subclass or order of Anthozoa including chiefly compound coelenterates having polyps with 8-branched tentacles and eight septa and comprising the Stolonifera, Alcyonacea, Gorgonacea, and Pennatulacea
alcyonarian adjective or noun

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Alcyonium + -aria

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Alcyonaria was in 1840

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“Alcyonaria.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Alcyonaria. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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