Gorgonacea

plural noun

Gor·​go·​na·​cea
ˌgȯ(r)gəˈnāshēə
: an order of Alcyonaria distinguished from Alcyonacea chiefly by an axial skeleton covered and secreted by a cellular coenenchyme extending between the zooids or polyps that is usually rather horny and commonly of branching form
gorgonacean
¦⸗⸗¦nāshən
adjective or noun
gorgonaceous
-shəs
adjective

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Gorgonia + -acea

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“Gorgonacea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Gorgonacea. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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