Zoanthus

noun

Zo·​an·​thus
zōˈan(t)thəs
: a large genus (the type of the family Zoanthidae) of zoanthidean colonial polyps that are widely distributed in tropical seas, are united at their bases by stolons, resemble groups of small anemones, and have short, brightly colored tentacles

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from zo- + Greek anthos flower

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“Zoanthus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Zoanthus. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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