alcyonarian

alcyonarian
noun Etymology: ultimately from Greek alkyoneion, a zoophyte, from neuter of alkyoneios of a kingfisher, from alkyon kingfisher; from its resemblance to a kingfisher's nest Date: 1878 any of a subclass (Alcyonaria) of colonial anthozoans (as the sea pens) having polyps with eight branched tentacles and eight septa

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  • Alcyonarian — taxobox fossil range=fossil range|Upper Cretaceous|recent|earliest=520 regnum=Animalia phylum=Cnidaria classis= Alcyonarian The Alcyonarian corals are organisms resembling the octocorals (sea pens). This individual polyps formed colonies and bore …   Wikipedia

  • alcyonarian — /al see euh nair ee euhn/, n. 1. any anthozoan coelenterate of the subclass Alcyonaria, as corals and sea anemones, having the tentacles and other body parts in branches or segments of eight. adj. 2. belonging or pertaining to the Alcyonaria.… …   Universalium

  • alcyonarian — al·cy·o·nar·i·an …   English syllables

  • alcyonarian — /ˌælsiənˈɛəriən/ (say .alseeuhn airreeuhn) noun 1. any coral of the subclass Alcyonaria, having the body parts in groups of eight. –adjective 2. belonging to the Alcyonaria …   Australian English dictionary

  • alcyonarian — adjective or noun see alcyonaria …   Useful english dictionary

  • atolls — 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

  • barrier reefs — 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

  • black coral — 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

  • Brain coral — 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

  • Brain stone coral — 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

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