Gorgonian meaning

gôr-gōnē-ən
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.
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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.
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(biology) Any coral of the order Gorgonacea.
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Of or relating to the Gorgons.
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Terrible or repulsive.
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(biology) Of or relating to any coral of the order Gorgonacea.
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Origin of gorgonian

  • From Latin gorgonia coral from Gorgō Gorgon- Gorgon Gorgon

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition