"From what we have seen, I think the term zoophyte inapplicable to coral ; it is neither an animal plant, nor a plant animal : nor can it be called a zoolite ; as it is certainly not a stony animal. It is with more propriety a polipaio..."
Ferrarra, Alfio, M.D. 1812. On the Coral Fishery in the Sicilian Seas. Journal of Natural Philosophy. Vol 33