sea anemone



any sedentary marine animal of the phylum Coelenterata, having a columnar body and one or more circles of tentacles surrounding the mouth.

Origin of sea anemone

First recorded in 1735–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sea anemone

Historical Examples of sea anemone

  • It was sucked in by the little fingers as by the soft feelers of the sea-anemone.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • Like the Sea-Anemone it preys on animals smaller than itself.

  • Surely he must—Why, a sea-anemone would be torn with jealousy at such a tale.

    The Man Upstairs

    P. G. Wodehouse

  • You see it is that; I am simple; not a sea-anemone of taste, like you.


    Anne Douglas Sedgwick

  • The sea-anemone waved all his arms about wildly to show that he was pleased.

    Fairies I Have Met

    Maud Margaret Key Stawell

British Dictionary definitions for sea anemone

sea anemone


any of various anthozoan coelenterates, esp of the order Actiniaria, having a polypoid body with oral rings of tentaclesSee also actinia
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

sea anemone in Science

sea anemone

Any of numerous, often brightly colored cnidarians of the class Anthozoa, having flexible cylindrical bodies with tentacles surrounding a central mouth. Sea anemones are related to jellyfish and corals, but have no free-swimming (medusoid) stage, and resemble flowers.
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