zo·​an·​thar·​i·​an | \ ˌzō-ən-ˈther-ē-ən How to pronounce zoantharian (audio) \

Definition of zoantharian

: any of a subclass (Hexacorallia synonym Zoantharia) of anthozoans having tentacles or septa or both that are typically six or a multiple of six in number and including most of the recent corals and sea anemones

Other Words from zoantharian

zoantharian adjective

Examples of zoantharian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But S. exilis, discovered off the coast of a southern Japanese island and described in ZooKeys in July, is one of only four solitary-living zoantharians. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 20 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of zoantharian

1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zoantharian

New Latin Zoantharia, order name, Latinization of French zoanthaires (from New Latin Zoanthus, a genus—from zo- zo- + Greek ánthos "flower"— + French -aires, plural of -aire -ary entry 1) + -an entry 1 — more at antho-

Note: French zoanthaires was apparently introduced by the zoologist Henri-Marie Ducrotay de Blainville (1777-1850) in Manuel d'actinologie (Paris, 1834), p. 308. The genus name Zoanthus is used, if not described, by Georges cuvier in Leçons d'anatomie comparée, tome 1 (Paris, An X [1801-02]), neuvième tableau ("Classification des zoophytes").

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“Zoantharian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zoantharian. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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