Gorgonian

[ gawr-goh-nee-uh n ]
/ gɔrˈgoʊ ni ən /

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.

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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