Gorgonian[gôr gō′nē ən]
any of an order (Gorgonacea) of colonial anthozoans with a horny, axial skeleton that branches, as in the sea whips, or forms an open network, as in the sea fans
Origin of gorgonianModern Latin Gorgonia, name of the genus ; from Classical Latin coral (; from Gorgo, Gorgon) + -an
Any of various colonial corals of the order Gorgonacea (or Alcyonacea), having a usually branched skeleton of horny material and polyps with eight tentacles, and including the sea fans, sea feathers, and red corals.
Origin of gorgonianFrom Latin gorgonia, coral, from Gorgō, Gorgon-, Gorgon; see gorgon .
common sea fan
- (biology) Any coral of the order Gorgonacea.
Variant of Gorgon
- Gr. Myth. any of three sisters with snakes for hair, so horrible that the beholder is turned to stone
- any ugly, terrifying, or repulsive woman
Origin of GorgonMiddle English ; from Classical Latin Gorgo (gen. Gorgonis) ; from Classical Greek Gorgō ; from gorgos, terrible, fierce