sea fan


: any of various gorgonian corals (especially genus Gorgonia) with a compressed fan-shaped skeleton
especially : either of two (Gorgonia ventalina and G. flabellum) of Florida, the Caribbean, and the West Indies

Examples of sea fan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The best dive sites are scattered around the Rancheria, Canales, and Contreras islands, home to a dazzling array of aquatic life: colorful sea fans, white-tip sharks, loggerhead turtles, and one of the largest reefs in Central America. Siobhan Reid, Condé Nast Traveler, 16 May 2024 Bright sunlight filtered through the turquoise water, and a sea fan swayed in the current. Washington Post, 25 June 2021 What’s left of the Mandalay is spread out in about 12 feet of aquarium-clear water, home to schools of colorful fish, gaudy purple sea fans and all sorts of reef flora and fauna. Bonnie Gross,, 20 June 2019 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, 31 Mar. 2018 The massive wreck proved to be a snorkeling wonderland, sheltering a profusion of colorful corals, sea fans and fish. Doug Hansen, The Seattle Times, 23 Feb. 2018 Rays of sunlight burst down on reefs that were surging with life like underwater cities, including brilliantly colored sea fans and flamingo tongues. Tony Perrottet, New York Times, 2 Jan. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1633, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sea fan was in 1633

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“Sea fan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

sea fan

: any of various invertebrate sea animals that form fan-shaped colonies and are coelenterates related to the corals and sea anemones

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