/an'theuh zoh"euhn/, n.
1. any marine coelenterate of the class Anthozoa, comprising colonial and solitary polyps and including corals, sea anemones, sea pens, etc.
2. Also, anthozoic. belonging or pertaining to the anthozoans.
[1885-90; < NL Anthozo(a) (see ANTHO-, -ZOA) + -AN]

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