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Gorgonian

[gawr-goh-nee-uh n]
noun
  1. any of numerous alcyonarian corals of the order Gorgonacea, having a usually branching, horny or calcareous skeleton.
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adjective
  1. 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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Historical Examples

  • With fury the features swell; with blood the veins grow black; the eyes flash more wildly than the Gorgonian fires.

    Ars Amatoria, or The Art Of Love

    Ovid


British Dictionary definitions for gorgonian

gorgonian

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

adjective
  1. of or resembling a Gorgon
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