plural noun
Gor·​go·​na·​cea | \ ˌgȯ(r)gəˈnāshēə \

Definition of Gorgonacea

: 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

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Other Words from Gorgonacea

gorgonacean \ ¦⸗⸗¦nāshən \ adjective or noun
gorgonaceous \ -​shəs \ adjective

History and Etymology for Gorgonacea

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 Oct. 2021.

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