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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various colonial corals of the order Gorgonacea (or Alcyonacea), having a usually branched skeleton of horny material and polyps with eight tentacles, and including the sea fans, sea feathers, and red corals.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to Gorgonia.
  • See gorgonean.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to, or resembling, a Gorgon; terrifying into stone; terrific.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) Pertaining to the Gorgoniacea.
  • noun (Zoöl.) One of the Gorgoniacea.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun biology Any coral of the order Gorgonacea.
  • adjective Of or relating to the Gorgons.
  • adjective Terrible or repulsive.
  • adjective biology Of or relating to any coral of the order Gorgonacea.

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

  • noun corals having a horny or calcareous branching skeleton

Etymologies

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

[From Latin gorgonia, coral, from Gorgō, Gorgon-, Gorgon; see Gorgon.]

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