Sclerobase

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sclerobase (Zoöl) The calcareous or hornlike coral forming the central stem or axis of most compound alcyonarians; -- called also foot secretion. See Illust. under Gorgoniacea, and Cœnenchyma.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sclerobase A dense corneous or calcareous mass into which the axial part of the cœnosarc of a compound actinozoan may be converted, as it is in the red coral of commerce, for example. See cut under Coralligena.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sclerobase a dense corneous mass, as in red coral
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. sklhro`s hard + ba`sis base
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. sklēros, hard.