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barrier reef

noun

Simple Definition of barrier reef

  • : a long coral reef that is near a shore

Full Definition of barrier reef

  1. :  a coral reef roughly parallel to a shore and separated from it usually by a lagoon

1805

First Known Use of barrier reef

1805

Rhymes with barrier reef


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barrier reef

noun

Definition of barrier reef

  1. :  a coral reef parallel to the shore and separated from it by a lagoon




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