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gorgoniacea


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gorgoniacea  \Gor*go`ni*a"ce*a\,  n.  pl  [NL.  See  {Gorgonia}.] 
  (Zo["o]l.) 
  One  of  the  principal  divisions  of  Alcyonaria,  including  those 
  forms  which  have  a  firm  and  usually  branched  axis,  covered 
  with  a  porous  crust,  or  c[oe]nenchyma,  in  which  the  polyp 
  cells  are  situated. 
 
  Note:  The  axis  is  commonly  horny,  but  it  may  be  solid  and 
  stony  (composed  of  calcium  carbonate),  as  in  the  red 
  coral  of  commerce,  or  it  may  be  in  alternating  horny 
  and  stony  joints,  as  in  Isis.  See  {Alcyonaria}, 
  {Anthozoa},  {C[oe]nenchyma}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Gorgoniacea 
  n  :  red  corals  and  sea  fans  [syn:  {Gorgonacea},  {suborder 
  Gorgonacea},  {Gorgoniacea},  {suborder  Gorgoniacea}] 




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