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.
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- 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)