alcyonacea definition

  • noun-plural:
    • A group of soft-bodied Alcyonaria, of which Alcyonium is the type. See Illust. under alcyonaria.
  • others:
    • An order or suborder of Alcyonaria where skeleton is composed of free spicules embedded in a well-developed canaliferous cœnenchyma without axial skeletal pole. The group provides the people Xeniidæ, Alcyonidæ, and Nephthyidæ. Nearly comparable to Alcyoniaceæ.
  • noun:
    • comprising the soft corals

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