noun \ˈma-drə-ˌpr\

Definition of MADREPORE

:  any of various stony reef-building corals (order Madreporaria) of tropical seas that assume a variety of branching, encrusting, or massive forms
mad·re·po·ri·an \ˌma-drə-ˈpr-ē-ən\ adjective or noun
mad·re·por·ic \-ˈpr-ik\ adjective


French madrépore, from Italian madrepora, from madre mother (from Latin mater) + poro pore (from Latin porus) — more at mother
First Known Use: 1751


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