anthozoan

/ænθəˈzoʊən/ (say anthuh'zohuhn)

noun
1. any animal of the Anthozoa, a class of the phylum Coelenterata, comprising sessile marine animals of the polyp type, single or colonial, having a columnar body with the interior partitioned by septa and an oral disc with one to many circles of tentacles. It includes anemones, corals, sea pens, etc.
adjective
2. belonging to this class.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Anthozoan — An tho*zo an, a. (Zo[ o]l.) Pertaining to the Anthozoa. n. One of the Anthozoa. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • anthozoan — [an΄thə zō′ən] n. [< ModL Anthozoa (see ANTHO & ZOA) + AN] any of a class (Anthozoa) of sessile saltwater cnidarians with a dominant polyp stage, including corals, sea anemones, and gorgonians; actinozoan adj. of the anthozoans …   English World dictionary

  • anthozoan — noun Etymology: ultimately from Greek anthos + zōion animal; akin to Greek zōē life more at quick Date: 1877 any of a class (Anthozoa) of marine coelenterates (as the corals and sea anemones) having polyps with radial partitions • anthozoan… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • anthozoan —   n. sea anemone; coral polyp; any creature of the natural class Anthozoa.    ♦ anthozoan, anthozoic, a. anthozooid, n. coral polyp …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • anthozoan — /an theuh zoh euhn/, n. 1. any marine coelenterate of the class Anthozoa, comprising colonial and solitary polyps and including corals, sea anemones, sea pens, etc. adj. 2. Also, anthozoic. belonging or pertaining to the anthozoans. [1885 90; <… …   Universalium

  • anthozoan — noun A marine invertebrate of the class Anthozoa, such as a sea anemone or coral See Also: anthozoic …   Wiktionary

  • anthozoan — [ˌanθə zəʊən] noun Zoology a member of a large class of marine coelenterates (the Anthozoa) that includes the sea anemones and corals. Origin from mod. L. Anthozoa, from Gk anthos flower + zōia animals …   English new terms dictionary

  • anthozoan — an·tho·zo·an …   English syllables

  • anthozoan — an•tho•zo•an [[t]ˌæn θəˈzoʊ ən[/t]] n. 1) ivt any sessile solitary or colonial marine polyp of the class Anthozoa, lacking a medusa stage, and including corals, sea anemones, and sea pens 2) ivt Also, an tho•zo′ic. belonging or pertaining to the… …   From formal English to slang

  • anthozoan — n. & adj. n. any of the sessile marine coelenterates of the class Anthozoa, including sea anemones and corals. adj. of or relating to this class. Etymology: mod.L Anthozoa f. Gk anthos flower + zoia animals …   Useful english dictionary

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