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sea fan

noun
1.
any of certain anthozoans, especially Gorgonia flabellum, of the West Indies, in which the colony assumes a fanlike form.
Origin of sea fan
1625-1635
First recorded in 1625-35
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  • In Fig. 43 we have the sea fan magnified to twice its natural size, showing the curious details of its organization.

    The Ocean World: Louis Figuier
  • The network of its interstices with its unequal and serried meshes, resembling fine lace, have led to its designation of sea fan.

    The Ocean World: Louis Figuier
British Dictionary definitions for sea fan

sea fan

noun
1.
any of various corals of the genus Gorgonia and related genera, having a treelike or fan-shaped horny skeleton: order Gorgonacea (gorgonians)
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