plural noun

: an order or suborder of Anthozoa comprising the black or thorny corals, all having a usually brown or black axial skeleton that is much branched and hornlike and polyps with few mesenteries or tentacles
adjective or noun

Word History


borrowed from New Latin, from Antipathes, genus of antipatharian corals (borrowed from Greek antipathés "kind of black coral (in Dioscorides)," literally, "remedy for suffering," from neuter of antipathḗs "in exchange for suffering, of opposite feelings") + -aria -aria entry 2

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“Antipatharia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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