Meaning of alcyonarian in English:

alcyonarian

Pronunciation /ˌalsɪəˈnɛːrɪən/

adjective

Zoology
  • Belonging to the Alcyonaria, a group of anthozoan cnidarians comprising the soft corals, having polyps with eight pinnate tentacles; of or relating to this group.

    The group is now a subclass that also includes the gorgonians and sea pens; its usual name is now Octocorallia.

noun

Zoology

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas Rymer Jones (1810–1880), morphologist and physiologist. From scientific Latin Alcyonaria, group name + -an.