any anthozoan coelenterate of the subclass Alcyonaria, as corals and sea anemones, having the tentacles and other body parts in branches or segments of eight.
belonging or pertaining to the Alcyonaria.
Historical Examples

More interesting than the Annelids, however, are the alcyonarian Actinozoa.
Young Folks’ Library, Volume XI (of 20) Various

Every alcyonarian colony is developed by budding from a single parent zooid.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2 Various

In the alcyonarian forms belonging to this great group these tentacles are always eight in number, and fringed on both sides.
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