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

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zoantharian adjective

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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, "The 2016 New Species Smackdown," 20 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of zoantharian

1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zoantharian

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

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