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  • n. A marine hydroid of the genus Hydractinia or a closely-related genus

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any species or marine hydroids, of the genus Hydractinia and allied genera. These hydroids form, by their rootstalks, a firm, chitinous coating on shells and stones, and esp. on spiral shells occupied by hermit crabs. See Illust. of athecata.

Etymologies

Hydractinia + -an (Wiktionary)

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