sea fan


Definition of 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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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,, "Boat tours explore underwater Biscayne National Park," 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, "Why This Animal Can Live for Over 500 Years," 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, "On Solomon Islands, take a deep dive into Pacific war history," 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, "A Cuban Island That Has Played Both Paradise and Prison," 2 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of sea fan

1633, in the meaning defined above

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“Sea fan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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