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.
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.
Terrible or repulsive.
Origin of gorgonian
- From Latin gorgonia coral from Gorgō Gorgon- Gorgon Gorgon
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition