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sea anemone

noun
1.
any sedentary marine animal of the phylum Coelenterata, having a columnar body and one or more circles of tentacles surrounding the mouth.
Origin of sea anemone
1735-1745
1735-45
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  • It really consists of the internal skeletons of coral-polyps, allied to the sea anemone.

    Life of Charles Darwin G. T. (George Thomas) Bettany
  • It is like a sea anemone in appearance and in habits of life.

  • Although the sea anemone is said to be delicate eating, man derives very little benefit from them in that respect.

    The Ocean World: Louis Figuier
  • This lodger, as you will notice in our coloured picture, is the sea anemone.

    On the Seashore R. Cadwallader Smith
  • If a man, instead of falling in love with a woman, fell in love with a fossil or a sea anemone, poetry could not express him.

    Robert Browning G. K. Chesterton
  • The way that her voice opened and shut reminded him of a sea anemone.

    Balloons Elizabeth Bibesco
  • Hang it, she wont stand that, he cried; her mouth is like a sea–anemone.

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 2 (of 3) Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • Each notch on each thread-like branch was the home of a tiny animal, not unlike a sea anemone and a coral polyp.

  • She had a sense then of pulling within herself, like a sea anemone that has been touched by an enemy.

    Circle of Flight Richard Stockham
  • The sea anemone may be cited as another striking example of the resemblance borne by certain inferior organisms to vegetables.

    The Ocean World: Louis Figuier
British Dictionary definitions for sea anemone

sea anemone

noun
1.
any of various anthozoan coelenterates, esp of the order Actiniaria, having a polypoid body with oral rings of tentacles See also actinia
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sea anemone in Science
sea anemone  
Any of numerous, often brightly colored cnidarians of the class Anthozoa, having flexible cylindrical bodies with tentacles surrounding a central mouth. Sea anemones are related to jellyfish and corals, but have no free-swimming (medusoid) stage, and resemble flowers.
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