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gor·go·ni·an

 (gôr-gō′nē-ən)
n.
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.

gorgonian

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

Gorgonian

(ɡɔːˈɡəʊnɪən)
adj
(Classical Myth & Legend) of or resembling a Gorgon

gor•go•ni•an

(gɔrˈgoʊ ni ən)

n.
1. any colonial coral of the order Gorgonacea, as the sea fan, forming a branching axial skeleton.
adj.
2. belonging or pertaining to the Gorgonacea.
[1825–35]
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.
Giant gorgonian fans grow out the weaving rock formations, interspersed with soft tree corals and basket sponges.
The 'wall' [dive site], a drop off point near the coast of Tagabebe village is adorned with barrel sponges, soft coral and gorgonian fans.
Ca-ATPase localization and inhibition in the gorgonian Leptogorgia virgulata (Lamarck) (Coelenterata: Gorgonacea).
CA at 13 m depth on 22 August 2012; (b) luminescent parazoanthid (Savalia lucifica) attached to the skeleton of a dead California gorgonian (Muricea californica; c) from Abalone Cove, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA at 17 m depth on 27 March 2015; (d) heart urchin (Lovenict cordiformis) from K.OU Rock, Palos Verdes Peninsula at 15 m depth on 2 October 2013; (e) ringed brittlestar (Ophionereis annulatd) from Honeymoon Cove, Palos Verdes Peninsula at 5 m depth on 22 June 2016.
Sweeper tentacles in a gorgonian octocoral: morphological modifications for interference competition.
Chemistry and bioactivity of natural products from the gorgonian coral Subergorgia reticulate [dissertation].
Sodano, C-18 Hydroxy Steroids from the Mediterranean gorgonian Leptogorgia sarmentosa, Experientia, 40, 246 (1984).
In a field in North Waziristan in October 2012, a Gorgonian gaze in the form of a drone 'kill' made it certain that no human image/trace would remain of the body of the mistakenly targeted Pakistani grandmother.
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.