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Any of various colonial corals of the order Gorgonacea (or Alcyonacea), having a usually branched skeleton of horny material and polyps with eight tentacles, and including the sea fans, sea feathers, and red corals.

[From Latin gorgonia, coral, from Gorgō, Gorgon-, Gorgon; see Gorgon.]

gor·go′ni·an adj.


(Animals) any coral of the order Gorgonacea, having a horny or calcareous branching skeleton: includes the sea fans and red corals
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Gorgonacea


(Classical Myth & Legend) of or resembling a Gorgon


(gɔrˈgoʊ ni ən)

1. any colonial coral of the order Gorgonacea, as the sea fan, forming a branching axial skeleton.
2. belonging or pertaining to the Gorgonacea.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gorgonian - corals having a horny or calcareous branching skeleton
coral - marine colonial polyp characterized by a calcareous skeleton; masses in a variety of shapes often forming reefs
sea feather - corals forming featherlike colonies
sea fan - corals having a treelike or fan-shaped horny skeleton
red coral - corals of especially the Mediterranean having pink or red color used for ornaments and jewelry
References in classic literature ?
They ferry over this LETHEAN Sound Both to and fro, thir sorrow to augment, And wish and struggle, as they pass, to reach The tempting stream, with one small drop to loose In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe, All in one moment, and so neer the brink; But fate withstands, and to oppose th' attempt MEDUSA with GORGONIAN terror guards The Ford, and of it self the water flies All taste of living wight, as once it fled The lip of TANTALUS.
In Pteriidae representatives, the byssus is strong, facilitating a secure attachment to the substrate, primarily to gorgonian colonies or dead coral (Rao 1960, Morton 1995).
Sodano, C-18 Hydroxy Steroids from the Mediterranean gorgonian Leptogorgia sarmentosa, Experientia, 40, 246 (1984).
Carbon sources utilization: dextrose, fructose, galactose, lactose, maltose, sucrose, starch, mannitol, xylose, inositol, rhamnose [27] Growth temperature: 25-57[degrees]C 5 Isolated from: limestone of Tell Basta tomb, Zagazig City, Egypt [28], SS John and Paul crypt, Roma [2], soil, muddy soil from riverbank, potato scab [20], hen house soil [29], endophytic strains isolated from mangrove plants from tropical China; terrestrial lichens and marine macroalgae; deep-sea ecosystems; gorgonian corals and other invertebrates living up to 4700 m depth, at 2-4 [degrees]C; atmospheric precipitations (rain drops, snow, hailstone).
Redniss describes the work as one of two pieces, along with British naturalist Mark Catesby's 1725 painting Head of the Flamingo and Gorgonian, to which she wanted to pay homage with the medium of her own sui generis weather book.
The terpenes are the largest group of biologically diverse marine compounds, and include the pseudopterosins, which are structurally discrete active metabolites of the Caribbean gorgonian soft coral Pseudopterogorgia elisabethae, which is native to the waters of the Caribbean Sea, Central Bahamas, Bermuda, the West Indies, and the Florida keys.
Other active ingredients in the Wake Up Beautiful formula include gorgonian extract, which is said to sooth and heal skin and melatonin to strengthen it.
in the study area obligatorily grow attached to mangrove roots and fallen tree branches, wooden piers, submerged dead gorgonian corals and to some typical elements of the anthropogenic marinescape such as plastic bags and buckets, glass bottles and automobile tires.
tectus from six specimens collected from the gorgonian Ellisella quadrilin-eata at Linnet Reef, Great Barrier Reef; and B.
Fenical, "Patterns of chemical defense among Caribbean gorgonian corals: a preliminary survey," Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, vol.
Beauty Ingredients: Orgasol Hydra+, Lipo-Light OAP/PVA, Rejuverrin, Ceramide 2, Orgasol Restore, Hylasome EG-10, Gorgonian Extract, Bioferrin, Lipobrite HCA-4, Liposhield HEV Melanin