from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The class of the Cœlenterata which includes the corals and sea anemones. The three principal groups or orders are Acyonaria, Actinaria, and Madreporaria.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • The flower-animals, or animal-flowers; a former class or large group of zoöphytes, inexactly equivalent to the modern class Actinozoa (which see).

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

  • n. a large class of sedentary marine coelenterates that includes sea anemones and corals; the medusoid phase is entirely suppressed


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  • See citation at bryozoa.

    February 27, 2009