gor·​go·​ni·​an | \ gȯr-ˈgō-nē-ən How to pronounce gorgonian (audio) \

Definition of gorgonian

: 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

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Looking at the patterns of sessile, or immobile, species like corals, macroalgae, sponges, and gorgonians—a type of coral that includes sea fans—the team found that animals living in deeper waters were likely to have longer lives. National Geographic, "Why This Animal Can Live for Over 500 Years," 31 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of gorgonian

1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gorgonian

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

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