noun cor·al \ˈkr-əl, ˈkär-\

: a hard material formed on the bottom of the sea by the skeletons of small creatures

: an orange pink color

Full Definition of CORAL

a :  the calcareous or horny skeletal deposit produced by anthozoan or rarely hydrozoan polyps; especially :  a richly red precious coral secreted by a gorgonian (genus Corallium)
b :  a polyp or polyp colony together with its membranes and skeleton
:  a piece of coral and especially of red coral
a :  a bright reddish ovary (as of a lobster or scallop)
b :  a deep pink
coral adjective
cor·al·loid \-ə-ˌlid\ adjective

Examples of CORAL

  1. brightly colored fishes swimming among the coral

Origin of CORAL

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin corallium, from Greek korallion
First Known Use: 14th century

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