gorgonian

noun gor·go·ni·an \ gȯr-ˈgō-nē-ən \
Updated on: 14 Apr 2018

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

gorgonian

adjective

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Origin and Etymology of gorgonian

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


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