Definitions

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 Alcyonium of fleshy Alcyonaria, their polyps somewhat resembling flowers with eight fringed rays.

Etymologies

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From the genus name.

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