sea fan
noun Date: 1633 any of various gorgonians (especially genus Gorgonia) with a fan-shaped skeleton; especially either of two (Gorgonia ventalina and G. flabellum) of Florida and the West Indies

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  • Sea fan — (s[=e] f[a^]n ). (Zo[ o]l.) Any gorgonian which branches in a fanlike form, especially {Gorgonia flabellum} of Florida and the West Indies. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sea fan — sea′ fan n. ivt any of certain gorgonian corals, esp. Gorgonia flabellum, of the West Indies, in which the colony assumes a fanlike form …   From formal English to slang

  • sea fan — n. any of several gorgonians with the axial skeleton formed into a fanlike structure; esp., a horny coral (Gorgonia flabellum) of the West Indies and Florida Keys …   English World dictionary

  • sea fan — noun corals having a treelike or fan shaped horny skeleton • Hypernyms: ↑gorgonian, ↑gorgonian coral * * * noun : a gorgonian that branches in a fanlike form; especially : a gorgonian (Gorgonia flabellum) of Florida and the West Indies * * * any… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sea fan — any of certain anthozoans, esp. Gorgonia flabellum, of the West Indies, in which the colony assumes a fanlike form. [1625 35] * * * Any of about 500 coral species (genus Gorgonia) especially abundant in shallow waters along the Atlantic coasts of …   Universalium

  • sea fan — noun a horny coral with a vertical tree or fan like skeleton. [Gorgonis and other genera.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • sea fan — /ˈsi fæn/ (say see fan) noun any of certain anthozoans of the order Gorgonacea in which the colony assumes a fanlike form …   Australian English dictionary

  • sea-fan — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Multicoloured sea fan — Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum …   Wikipedia

  • Broad sea fan — Taxobox name = Broad sea fan status = VU | status system = IUCN2.3 regnum = Animalia phylum = Cnidaria classis = Anthozoa ordo = Gorgonacea familia = Plexauridae genus = Eunicella species = E. verrucosa binomial = Eunicella verrucosa binomial… …   Wikipedia

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