sea anemone


Definition of sea anemone

: any of numerous usually solitary anthozoan polyps (order Actiniaria) whose form, bright and varied colors, and cluster of tentacles superficially resemble a flower

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Tran designed the interior, going with clear lines, fieldstone, and fluffy, whimsical light fixtures resembling sea anemones. Michael Klein,, "L'anima: Italian BYOB in South Philly from Melagrano duo," 27 June 2018 Instead, the cause of the rashes is sea anemone larvae, which pass along the northeastern shores at different times each year, only occasionally lining up with swimming season. National Geographic, "What's Giving Some Beachgoers Rashes? Get the Facts.," 28 June 2018 Many homeowners have been startled this spring by strange growths on juniper trees, sprouting orange tentacles like miniature sea anemones. Beth Botts,, "Orange growths on juniper trees signal cedar-apple rust," 30 May 2018 There were 124 animals identified in pictures with plastic, ranging from sea anemone to ray-finned fish known as actinopterygians. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Plastic Bag Found at the Bottom of the Mariana Trench," 15 May 2018 Mystic Aquarium is known for its penguins, beluga whales, sea lions, sea anemones, sharks and all manner of marine life. Susan Dunne,, "'Jurassic Giants' Invade Mystic Aquarium For Rest Of 2018," 6 Apr. 2018 Across the water, for example, the shore is lined with sea anemones. Emilie C. Harting,, "In Washington's San Juan Islands, an expedition cruise and wondrous hiking," 8 Mar. 2018 Clown fishes live their entire adult lives nestled in the protective arms of a single sea anemone on a coral reef. Danielle L. Dixson, Scientific American, "Increasingly Acidic Oceans Are Causing Fish to Behave Badly," 23 June 2017 Like related species such as jellyfish, corals and sea anemones, Portuguese men-of-war use tentacles with stinging capsules to capture prey, ranging from plankton to small fish. David Fleshler,, "Portuguese man-of-war have stung hundreds at South Florida beaches," 13 Feb. 2018

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1742, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sea anemone

: a small, brightly colored sea animal that looks like a flower and sticks to rocks, coral, etc.

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Kids Definition of sea anemone

: a hollow sea animal that is related to the coral and has a cluster of tentacles around its mouth

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