sea fan

noun
any of certain anthozoans, especially Gorgonia flabellum, of the West Indies, in which the colony assumes a fanlike form.

Origin:
1625–35

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sea fan
 
n
any of various corals of the genus Gorgonia and related genera, having a treelike or fan-shaped horny skeleton: order Gorgonacea (gorgonians)

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More deformed interbedded sandstone and siltstone, mudstone and conglomerate, representative of deep-sea fan deposition.
Deposition thought to occur on the fringes of a deep-sea fan.
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