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Gorgonian

[ gawr-goh-nee-uhn ]
/ gɔrˈgoʊ ni ən /
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noun
any of numerous alcyonarian corals of the order Gorgonacea, having a usually branching, horny or calcareous skeleton.
adjective
belonging or pertaining to the Gorgonacea.
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Origin of Gorgonian

1825–35; <New Latin Gorgoni(a) genus name (see Gorgon, -ia) + -an

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British Dictionary definitions for Gorgonian (1 of 2)

gorgonian
/ (ɡɔːˈɡəʊnɪən) /

noun
any coral of the order Gorgonacea, having a horny or calcareous branching skeleton: includes the sea fans and red corals
adjective
of, relating to, or belonging to the Gorgonacea

British Dictionary definitions for Gorgonian (2 of 2)

Gorgonian
/ (ɡɔːˈɡəʊnɪən) /

adjective
of or resembling a Gorgon
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