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coral reef

noun

Simple Definition of coral reef

  • : a long line of coral that lies in warm, shallow water

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of coral reef

  1. :  a long line of coral that lies in warm, shallow water

Word by Word Definitions

coralplay
  1. :  the calcareous or horny skeletal deposit produced by anthozoan or rarely hydrozoan polyps

    :  a richly red precious coral secreted by a gorgonian (genus Corallium)

    :  a polyp or polyp colony together with its membranes and skeleton

reefplay
  1. :  a part of a sail taken in or let out in regulating size

    :  reduction in sail area by reefing

  1. :  to reduce the area of (a sail) by rolling or folding a portion

    :  to lower or bring inboard (a spar) wholly or partially

    :  to reduce a sail by taking in a reef

  1. :  a chain of rocks or coral or a ridge of sand at or near the surface of water — compare atoll, barrier reef

    :  a hazardous obstruction

    :  lode, vein


CORAL REEF Defined for Kids

coral reef

noun

Definition of coral reef for Students

  1. :  a reef composed of a large colony of corals including the stony skeletons of both living and dead corals




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