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

  • n. A sea anemone or a related animal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a sea anemone, a member of the genus Actinia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An animal of the class Anthozoa, and family Actinidæ. From a resemblance to flowers in form and color, they are often called animal flowers and sea anemones. [See polyp.].
  • n. A genus in the family Actinidæ.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Agenus of zoöphytes, belonging to the Radiata of Cuvier, regarded as the type of the order Malacodermata, subclass Zoantharia, class Actinozoa, subkingdom Cælenterata, in modern classification.
  • n. An animal of the genus Actinia or family Actiniidæ.

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

  • n. a genus of sea anemone common in rock pools
  • n. any sea anemone or related animal


New Latin Actīnia, genus name, from Greek aktīs, aktīn-, ray; see actino-.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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