Gorgonian [gawr-goh-nee-uh n] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. any of numerous alcyonarian corals of the order Gorgonacea, having a usually branching, horny or calcareous skeleton.


  1. belonging or pertaining to the Gorgonacea.

Origin of Gorgonian 1825–35; New Latin Gorgoni(a) genus name (see Gorgon, -ia) + -an Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for gorgonian Historical Examples of gorgonian

  • With fury the features swell; with blood the veins grow black; the eyes flash more wildly than the Gorgonian fires.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for gorgonian gorgonian noun

    1. any coral of the order Gorgonacea, having a horny or calcareous branching skeleton: includes the sea fans and red corals


    1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Gorgonacea

    Gorgonian adjective

    1. of or resembling a Gorgon

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