anthozoon

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From antho- +‎ -zoon, after class name Anthozoa.

Noun[edit]

anthozoon (plural anthozoa)

  1. (zoology) A member of the class Anthozoa, comprising marine invertebrates including corals and sea anemones. [from 19th c.]
    • 2012, Caspar Henderson, The Book of Barely Imagined Beings, 2013 edition, Granta Books, page 134:
      Unlike stony corals and other anthozoa, whose polyps have sixfold symmetry, the polyps of a gorgonian have eightfold symmetry.