plural noun

: 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

Word History


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 12 Jun. 2024.

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