plural noun
He·​li·​o·​por·​i·​dae | \ ˌhēlēəˈpȯrəˌdē \

Definition of Helioporidae

: a family of tabulate corals (order Coenothecalia) comprising the blue coral and extinct related forms and having the corallum composed of large zooecia interspersed with more numerous smaller tubes occupied by simple polyps without tentacles or reproductive organs

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History and Etymology for Helioporidae

New Latin, from Heliopora, type genus (from heli- entry 1 + -pora) + -idae

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“Helioporidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Helioporidae. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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