noun Etymology: New Latin Gorgonia, a coral genus, from Latin, coral, from Gorgon-, Gorgo Date: 1835 any of an order (Gorgonacea) of colonial anthozoans with a usually horny and branching axial skeleton • gorgonian adjective

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  • Gorgonian — Gor*go ni*an, a. [L. Gorgoneus.] 1. Pertaining to, or resembling, a Gorgon; terrifying into stone; terrific. [1913 Webster] The rest his look Bound with Gorgonian rigor not to move. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) Pertaining to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gorgonian — Gor*go ni*an, n. (Zo[ o]l.) One of the Gorgoniacea. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gorgonian — [gôr gō′nē ən] n. [ModL Gorgonia, name of the genus < L, coral (< Gorgo, GORGON) + AN] any of an order (Gorgonacea) of colonial anthozoans with a horny, axial skeleton that branches, as in the sea whips, or forms an open network, as in the… …   English World dictionary

  • Gorgonian — Gorgonia redirects here. For the Byzantine saint, see Saint Gorgonia. Gorgonian Iciligorgia schrammi Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • Gorgonian — adjective see gorgon …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Gorgonian — /gawr goh nee euhn/, n. 1. any of numerous alcyonarian corals of the order Gorgonacea, having a usually branching, horny or calcareous skeleton. adj. 2. belonging or pertaining to the Gorgonacea. [1825 35; < NL Gorgoni(a) genus name (see GORGON,… …   Universalium

  • gorgonian — 1. noun Any coral of the order Gorgonacea 2. adjective a) Of or relating to the Gorgons. b) Terrible or repulsive …   Wiktionary

  • gorgonian — [gɔ: gəʊnɪən] noun Zoology a colonial coral of an order (Gorgonacea) having a horny tree like skeleton, including the sea fans and precious red coral. Origin C19: from mod. L. Gorgonia, from L. Gorgo (see gorgon) + an …   English new terms dictionary

  • gorgonian — a. See gorgonean …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • gorgonian — gor·go·nian …   English syllables

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