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coral

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noun cor·al \ˈkȯr-əl, ˈkär-\

Simple Definition of coral

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

  • : an orange pink color

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of coral

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 :  a piece of coral and especially of red coral

  3. 3 a :  a bright reddish ovary (as of a lobster or scallop) b :  a deep pink

coral

adjective

coralloid

play \-ə-ˌlȯid\ adjective

Examples of coral in a sentence

  1. brightly colored fishes swimming among the coral



Origin and Etymology of coral

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin corallium, from Greek korallion


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Invertebrates (Except Insects) Terms

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CORAL Defined for Kids

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coral

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noun cor·al \ˈkȯr-əl\

Definition of coral for Students

  1. 1 :  a tiny soft-bodied animal that typically lives within a stony skeleton grouped in large colonies and that is related to the jellyfish

  2. 2 :  a piece of stony material consisting of the skeletons of corals

  3. 3 :  a colony of corals coral reef

  4. 4 :  a dark pink




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coral

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adjective cor·al

Definition of coral for Students

  1. 1 :  made of coral <a coral reef>

  2. 2 :  of a dark pink color




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