horny corals
(CNIDARIA: Anthozoa)
In the order Gorgonacea, commonly called sea fans or sea whips, with extensive skeleton composed of a horny protein material, gorgonin.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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  • fan corals — Coral Cor al, n. [Of. coral, F, corail, L. corallum, coralium, fr. Gr. kora llion.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) The hard parts or skeleton of various Anthozoa, and of a few Hydrozoa. Similar structures are also formed by some Bryozoa. [1913 Webster] Note: The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • plume corals — Coral Cor al, n. [Of. coral, F, corail, L. corallum, coralium, fr. Gr. kora llion.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) The hard parts or skeleton of various Anthozoa, and of a few Hydrozoa. Similar structures are also formed by some Bryozoa. [1913 Webster] Note: The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • coral — corallike, adj. /kawr euhl, kor /, n. 1. the hard, variously colored, calcareous skeleton secreted by certain marine polyps. 2. such skeletons collectively, forming reefs, islands, etc. 3. the solitary or colonial polyp that secretes this… …   Universalium

  • Coral — /kawr euhl, kor /, n. a female given name. * * * I Any of about 2,300 species of marine cnidarians in the class Anthozoa that are characterized by stonelike, horny, or leathery skeletons (external or internal). The skeletons of these animals are… …   Universalium

  • Deep water coral — Table coral, which can live in deep water (in this picture, it is in shallow, warm water) The habitat of deep water corals, also known as cold water corals, extends to deeper, darker parts of the oceans than tropical corals, ranging from near the …   Wikipedia

  • coral — noun 1》 a hard stony substance secreted by certain colonial marine animals as an external skeleton, typically forming large reefs.     ↘precious red coral, used in jewellery. 2》 the pinkish red colour of red coral. 3》 an anthozoan of a large… …   English new terms dictionary

  • gorgonian — I. /gɔˈgoʊniən/ (say gaw gohneeuhn) adjective (of a woman) having a personality that petrifies and emasculates. {See Gorgon} II. /gɔˈgoʊniən/ (say gaw gohneeuhn) noun 1. any member of the order Gorgonacea, the sea fans or horny corals of deeper… …   Australian English dictionary

  • cnidarian — /nuy dair ee euhn/, n. 1. any invertebrate animal, as a hydra, jellyfish, sea anemone, or coral, considered as belonging to the phylum Cnidaria, characterized by the specialized stinging structures in the tentacles surrounding the mouth; a… …   Universalium

  • Spawn (biology) — The spawn (eggs) of a clownfish. The black spots are the eyes developing. Spawn refers to the eggs and sperm released or deposited, usually into water, by aquatic animals. As a verb, spawn refers to the process of releasing the eggs and sperm,… …   Wikipedia

  • skeleton — skeletonless, adj. skeletonlike, adj. /skel i tn/, n. 1. Anat., Zool. the bones of a human or an animal considered as a whole, together forming the framework of the body. 2. any of various structures forming a rigid framework in an invertebrate.… …   Universalium

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