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sea anemone

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
1735-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The sea-anemone waved all his arms about wildly to show that he was pleased.

    Fairies I Have Met Maud Margaret Key Stawell
  • Like the sea-anemone it preys on animals smaller than itself.

  • She was a sea-anemone, covered with a myriad of filaments, all more shrinking and sensitive than a snail's horns.

    Vassall Morton Francis Parkman
  • You see it is that; I am simple; not a sea-anemone of taste, like you.

    Tante Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • Such are the hydra, the polyp, the coral, and the sea-anemone.

    The Story of Evolution Joseph McCabe
  • Nothing can be more unprepossessing than a sea-anemone when contracted.

    Seaside Studies in Natural History Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz
  • A sponge, a hydra or a sea-anemone may be cut into pieces with the result that each fragment grows into a new organism.

    Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
  • If the sea-anemone be torn away from the shell the crab will wander about seeking another anemone.

  • In proper season they will be found inhabited by the sea-anemone and other and more debatable forms of animal life.

  • In the case of the hermit-crab and the sea-anemone there is no doubt of the mutual advantage derived from their communal life.

British Dictionary definitions for sea-anemone

sea anemone

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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