One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A sedentary marine coelenterate with a columnar body which bears a ring of stinging tentacles around the mouth.
- ‘Our last day together we took a trip to the coast at low tide and saw sea anemones, barnacles, and mussels in the tide pools.’
- ‘Scattered about were sea anemones, reddish lumps in the daylight, but, I was told, when they opened at night their massed tentacles would be almost scarlet.’
- ‘There were sea anemones, lots of colorful starfish, and even some sea urchins.’
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