Definition of Zoantharia in English:

Zoantharia

plural noun

Zoology
  • A group of coelenterates with polyps that bear more than eight tentacles, including the sea anemones and stony corals.

    • ‘The four major gene lineages of Zoantharia proteins identified previously, clades A, B, C, and D, were also observed in the new analysis.’
    • ‘The Zoantharia includes the ‘true’ corals and most sea anemones, and it is by far the best represented in the fossil record.’
    • ‘Sometimes the subclass Zoantharia is used instead, in which case hexacorals are included with Rugose corals and Horny Corals (Cerantipitharia).’
    • ‘The main anthozoan subclass, which includes the corals, is the Zoantharia.’

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from Greek zōion animal + anthos flower.

Pronunciation:

Zoantharia

/ˌzəʊanˈθɛːrɪə/