[ 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.
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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Examples from the Web for obelia
Scientists have happily given these most euphonious names—Campanularia, Obelia, and Plumularia.The Log of the Sun|William Beebe
Two of the commonest British hydroids belong to this family, Obelia and Clytia.