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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

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
cor·al·loid play \-ə-ˌlȯid\ 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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