from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various colonial marine hydroids of the genus Obelia, having various specialized feeding and reproductive polyps and growing in a branchlike form. Colonies of obelia are found as a delicate furlike growth on the wooden piles of piers and wharves.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various colonial marine hydroids of the genus Obelia.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of campanularian polyps, distinguished from Campanularia by the flat discoidal medusæ with many marginal tentacles and eight interradial vesicles.
New Latin Obelia, genus name, probably from Greek obeliās, a loaf baked on a spit, from obelos, a spit.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek (obelia, "a round cake"). (Wiktionary)