alcyonium definition

  • noun:
    • some of the genus Alcyonium of fleshy Alcyonaria, their particular polyps notably resembling plants with eight fringed rays.
    • A genus of fleshy Alcyonaria, its polyps somewhat resembling plants with eight fringed rays. The word has also been formerly employed for particular types of sponges.
    • the key genus of polyps associated with household Alcyoniidæ (which see).

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