Sea-fan meaning

Any of various gorgonian corals having a flexible branching skeleton in the shape of a fan.
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Any of several gorgonians with the axial skeleton formed into a fanlike structure; esp., a horny coral (Gorgonia flabellum) of the West Indies and Florida Keys.
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Any gorgonian which branches in a fan-like form, especially Gorgonia flabellum of Florida and the West Indies.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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