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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.]
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(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
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gor•go•ni•an(gɔrˈgoʊ ni ən)
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.
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|Noun||1.||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
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