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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The calcareous or hornlike coral forming the central stem or axis of most compound alcyonarians.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The calcareous or hornlike coral forming the central stem or axis of most compound alcyonarians; -- called also foot secretion. See Illust. under gorgoniacea, and cœnenchyma.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dense corneous or calcareous mass into which the axial part of the cœnosarc of a compound actinozoan may be converted, as it is in the red coral of commerce, for example. See cut under Coralligena.

Etymologies

Ancient Greek hard + base. (Wiktionary)

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