from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various corals of the order Gorgonacea, having a flexible, often branching skeleton of horny material.
- adj. Of or belonging to the order Gorgonacea.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any coral of the order Gorgonacea.
- adj. Of or relating to the Gorgons.
- adj. Terrible or repulsive.
- adj. Of or relating to any coral of the order Gorgonacea.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to, or resembling, a Gorgon; terrifying into stone; terrific.
- adj. Pertaining to the Gorgoniacea.
- n. One of the Gorgoniacea.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- See gorgonean.
- Of or pertaining to Gorgonia.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. corals having a horny or calcareous branching skeleton
Reef gardens are embellished with scarlet and orange staircase sponges and feathery gorgonian fans with their bright yellow branches.
The red gorgonian, Paragorgia arborea, occurs on these reefs.
French Angelfish (Pomacanthus paru) forage in a similar manner, but they consume less gorgonian polyps and algae.
Sponges make up 70% of their diet with the rest of their diet consisting of gorgonian polyps, other invertebrates, and algae.
“Growth and composition of high-Mg calcite in the skeleton of a Bermudian gorgonian Plexaurella dichotoma: Potential for paleothermometry”
A potentially-important recent advance is the use of SIMS secondary-ion mass spectrometry on gorgonian corals—which live at all depths, from the poles to the equator.
So tonight we settled in happily expecting to learn about shark repellents made by the Pacific sole -- a long and fascinating subject if you are a Pacific sole, and rather dull if you're aren't -- only to be energized by the professor's discussion of how he had isolated a particular toxin from a gorgonian those pretty, wavy soft corals that you see in various marine pictures.
Because I'm supposed to be studying venoms, peptdies, and antifeedants in gorgonian corals at the moment, and I am finding it rather difficult to concentrate, I ask all of you this burning question:
Small gorgonian fans, yellow feather stars and red soft corals cling to the thick roots.
Antibacterial and antilarval compounds from marine gorgonian-associated bacterium
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