Definition of Actinian

1. Noun. Any sea anemone or related animal.

Exact synonyms: Actinia, Actiniarian
Group relationships: Actinaria, Actiniaria, Order Actinaria, Order Actiniaria
Generic synonyms: Anemone, Sea Anemone

Definition of Actinian

1. Noun. (zoology) A sea anemone (of the order ''Actiniaria'') ¹

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Definition of Actinian

1. actinia [n -S] - See also: actinia

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Actinian

actin filament
actin kinase
acting out
acting scrum-half
acting scrum-halves
acting up
actinian (current term)
actinic cheilitis
actinic conjunctivitis
actinic dermatitis
actinic granuloma
actinic keratitis
actinic keratosis
actinic prurigo
actinic radiation
actinic ray
actinic reticuloid

Literary usage of Actinian

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1. Comparative Physiology of the Brain and Comparative Psychology by Jacques Loeb (1900)
"But if the actinian be divided transversely we see that the head-piece as ... While an actinian that is suspended vertically in a test-tube or in a mesh of ..."

2. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria by Royal Society of Victoria (Melbourne, Vic.), Royal Society of Victoria (1889)
"(4) Note on some actinian ... The object of the present brief note is to place on record the discovery of three parasitic actinian ..."

3. The Dynamics of Living Matter by Jacques Loeb (1906)
"REGENERATION IN AN actinian (Cerianthus membranaceus) The phenomena of regeneration in Cerianthus can be easily understood from the experiments on ..."

4. On Molecular and Microscopic Science by Mary Somerville (1869)
"... keep them perpetually bathed with the respiratory medium mixed with nutrient juices from the coats of the stomach.9 Fig. 129. actinian polype. ..."

5. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1905)
"The commensalism is not restricted to a single species of actinian. ... Apparently the crab is not aware of the presence of an actinian until it comes in ..."

6. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1904)
"A third specimen, which had also been depositing ova, was simply placed in the same vessel with an actinian, which it devoured, beginning at the base of the ..."

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