gorgonian

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noun gor·go·ni·an \gȯr-ˈgō-nē-ən\

Definition of gorgonian

  1. :  any of an order (Gorgonacea) of colonial often colorful anthozoan corals that have a stiff branching skeleton and include the sea whips and sea fans

gorgonian

adjective

Origin and Etymology of gorgonian

New Latin Gorgonia, a coral genus, from Latin, coral, from Gorgon-, Gorgo


First Known Use: 1835

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