from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The leading genus of polyps of the family Alcyoniidæ (which see).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Zoöl.) A genus of fleshy Alcyonaria, its polyps somewhat resembling flowers with eight fringed rays. The term was also formerly used for certain species of sponges.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun zoology Any of the
genus Alcyoniumof fleshy Alcyonaria, their polypssomewhat resembling flowerswith eight fringed rays.
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Ficus lubitaQCiac tsHX - fpongiam ct alcyonium mediac.
This chap is christened the ` alcyonium 'by learned naturalists, but is called ` dead man's fingers' by the fisher-folk along shore. "