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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Children reached out over a table and giggled as their turn came to hold live crabs and touch sea anemones. San Diego Union-Tribune, "World Below the Waves brings tide pools to children," 18 July 2019 Trilobites would scuttle across the ocean floor past primitive sea anemones gripping the bottom with their fleshy holdfasts. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Spectacular new fossil bonanza captures explosion of early life," 21 Mar. 2019 New way to keep city water clean Some sea anemones extend their tentacles to catch a meal. National Geographic, "How pigeons landed in cities, and more breakthroughs," 12 June 2019 Jellyfish sit alongside sea anemones, coral and hydra on the Cnidarian branch of the animal tree of life. Quanta Magazine, "Jellyfish Genome Hints That Complexity Isn’t Genetically Complex," 8 Jan. 2019 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

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First Known Use of sea anemone

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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