from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various marine anthozoans of the families Stylatulidae and Funiculinidae, resembling and related to the sea feathers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A colonial marine cnidarian of the order Pennatulacea.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a pennatula.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. fleshy featherlike warm-water colonies


From its resemblance to a quill pen.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the feather-like appearance of some species, reminiscent of antique quill pens. (Wiktionary)


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