[ oh-beel-yuh, oh-bee-lee-uh ]
/ oʊˈbil yə, oʊˈbi li ə /


a colonial hydroid of the genus Obelia, common in temperate seas and appearing as a delicate, mosslike growth on rocks, pilings, etc.

Nearby words

  1. obedientiary,
  2. obediently,
  3. obeid,
  4. obeid, el,
  5. obeisance,
  6. obelion,
  7. obelisk,
  8. obelize,
  9. obelus,
  10. obento

Origin of obelia

1865–70; < New Latin < Greek obelías a loaf toasted on a spit, equivalent to obel(ós) a spit (see obelisk) + -ias noun suffix

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