sea pen
noun Date: 1763 any of numerous anthozoans (order Pennatulacea) growing in colonies with a feathery form

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  • Sea pen — Pen Pen, n. [OE. penne, OF. penne, pene, F. penne, fr. L. penna.] 1. A feather. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. A wing. [Obs.] Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. An instrument used for writing with ink, formerly made of a reed, or of the quill of a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sea-pen — Pen Pen, n. [OE. penne, OF. penne, pene, F. penne, fr. L. penna.] 1. A feather. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. A wing. [Obs.] Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. An instrument used for writing with ink, formerly made of a reed, or of the quill of a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sea-pen — n. (Zo[ o]l.) A pennatula. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sea pen — sea′ pen n. ivt any soft coral of the order Pennataluceae, forming feather shaped colonies • Etymology: 1755–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • sea pen — n. any of an order (Pennatulacea) of mud dwelling anthozoans that form feather shaped colonies …   English World dictionary

  • Sea pen — For other uses, see Pen (disambiguation). Sea pens Temporal range: Cambrian–Recent …   Wikipedia

  • sea pen — noun fleshy featherlike warm water colonies • Hypernyms: ↑anthozoan, ↑actinozoan • Member Holonyms: ↑Pennatula, ↑genus Pennatula * * * noun 1. : any of numerous alcyonarians belonging to …   Useful english dictionary

  • sea pen — any of several colonial coelenterates of the genus Pennatula and related genera, having the shape of a fleshy feather. [1755 65] * * * ▪ invertebrate       any of the 300 species of the order Pennatulacea, colonial invertebrate marine animals of… …   Universalium

  • sea pen — /ˈsi pɛn/ (say see pen) noun a coelenterate consisting of a central fleshy axis bearing fleshy lateral leaves provided with small polyps, as of the genus Pennatula and related forms …   Australian English dictionary

  • sea pen — n. (Zoology) invertebrate marine animal …   English contemporary dictionary

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