from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gorgonian or sea-fan; an alcyonarian of the order Gorgoniaceæ, and especially of the family Gorgoniidæ: so called from the branching and radiating form. A common kind is a species of Rhipidogorgia. See cut under coral.
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"No dreams of a sea-green palace, with an Undine in wavy hair, and a big brother with fan-coral plumes, who afterwards turned into a sea-dog?"
The fan-coral sweeps through the clear, deep sea; 20
There was pure white coral, in long branches, studded with tiny points, like the wraith of the fairy thorn; there were great piles of the delicate fan-coral, which the sailors call sea-fans, and which
Past me, as I descend, float fans of the fan-coral, lilac, spreading a vine-work, trellis, as your word is.