zoantharian

noun zo·an·thar·i·an \ ˌzō-ən-ˈther-ē-ən \

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

zoantharian

adjective

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Origin and Etymology of zoantharian

ultimately from zo- + Greek anthos flower — more at anthology


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