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 L, 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.