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Related to anthozoan: class Anthozoa
Any of numerous cnidarians of the class Anthozoa, including the corals and sea anemones, that grow singly or in colonies and live as polyps, without a medusa stage.
an′tho·zo′an, an′tho·zo′ic (-zō′ĭk) adj.
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(Animals) any of the solitary or colonial sessile marine coelenterates of the class Anthozoa, including the corals, sea anemones, and sea pens, in which the body is in the form of a polyp
(Zoology) Also: actinozoan of or relating to the class Anthozoa
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an•tho•zo•an(ˌæn θəˈzoʊ ən)
1. any sessile solitary or colonial marine polyp of the class Anthozoa, lacking a medusa stage, and including corals, sea anemones, and sea pens.adj.
2. Also, an`tho•zo′ic. belonging or pertaining to the anthozoans.
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|Noun||1.||anthozoan - sessile marine coelenterates including solitary and colonial polyps; the medusoid phase is entirely suppressed|
cnidarian, coelenterate - radially symmetrical animals having saclike bodies with only one opening and tentacles with stinging structures; they occur in polyp and medusa forms
Actinozoa, Anthozoa, class Actinozoa, class Anthozoa - a large class of sedentary marine coelenterates that includes sea anemones and corals; the medusoid phase is entirely suppressed
sea anemone, anemone - marine polyps that resemble flowers but have oral rings of tentacles; differ from corals in forming no hard skeleton
sea pen - fleshy featherlike warm-water colonies
coral - marine colonial polyp characterized by a calcareous skeleton; masses in a variety of shapes often forming reefs
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