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gorgonian

Saltos de línea: gor¦gon|ian
Pronunciación: /ɡɔːˈɡəʊnɪən
 
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Zoology

Definición de gorgonian en inglés:

sustantivo

A colonial coral of an order distinguished by having a horny tree-like skeleton, including the sea fans and precious red coral.
  • Order Gorgonacea, class Anthozoa
Example sentences
  • So I used the last dive of the day to shoot several reef scenes of crinoids sitting among soft corals and gorgonians, and a pair of yellow ghost pipefish.
  • There are many small creatures to photograph among the soft corals, gorgonians, hard corals and sponges.
  • Soft corals and gorgonians reach out from the overhanging sides, while shoals of fish swirl in the shade.

adjetivo

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Relating to gorgons or gorgonians.
Example sentences
  • Several ‘fingers' of rock, each densely covered in gorgonian fans, projected out into the blue.
  • The coral and sponge growth was again lush, but with far healthier gorgonian colonies away from the sometimes violent swells of Diamond Rock.
  • This dive is better in the deeper section, where large gorgonian seafans stretch out into the current, surrounded by large numbers of fish, corals, invertebrates, and some huge barrel sponges.

Origen

mid 19th century: from modern Latin Gorgonia, from Latin Gorgo (see gorgon), with reference to its petrifaction, + -an.

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