sea fan


noun

any of certain anthozoans, especially Gorgonia flabellum, of the West Indies, in which the colony assumes a fanlike form.

Nearby words

  1. sea devil,
  2. sea dog,
  3. sea duck,
  4. sea eagle,
  5. sea elephant,
  6. sea feather,
  7. sea fight,
  8. sea fir,
  9. sea fire,
  10. sea floor spreading

Origin of sea fan

First recorded in 1625–35

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British Dictionary definitions for sea fan

sea fan

noun

any of various corals of the genus Gorgonia and related genera, having a treelike or fan-shaped horny skeleton: order Gorgonacea (gorgonians)
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