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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

Etymologies

From Latin gorgonia, coral, from Gorgō, Gorgon-, Gorgon; see Gorgon.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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