Anthozoa

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Anthozoa a large class of sedentary marine coelenterates that includes sea anemones and corals; the medusoid phase is entirely suppressed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Anthozoa (Zoöl) The class of the Cœlenterata which includes the corals and sea anemones. The three principal groups or orders are Acyonaria Actinaria, and Madreporaria.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • anthozoa The flower-animals, or animal-flowers; a former class or large group of zoöphytes, inexactly equivalent to the modern class Actinozoa (which see). By some, who have included the Polyzoa under zoöphytes, Anthozoa has been made the other and prime division of zoöphytes, and has been divided into Hydroida, Asteroida, and Helianthoida. The Anthozoa have also been divided into Actiniidæ, Zoanthidæ, Xeniidæ, Alcyoniidæ, Pennatulidæ, Tubiporidæ, Caryophyllidæ, and Gorgoniidæ.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n.pl Anthozoa an′tho-zō-a another name for Actinozoa, one of the three classes of Cœlenterates, including sea-anemones, corals, &c.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. 'a`nqos flower + animal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. anthos, a flower, zōa, animals.

Usage

In literature:

This is one of the actinea, or `anthozoa,' so-called from two Greek words meaning `living flowers.
"Bob Strong's Holidays" by John Conroy Hutcheson
In the above-given classification, the Scyphomedusae, formerly included with the Hydromedusae as Hydrozoa, are placed nearer the Anthozoa.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6" by Various
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