Madreporaria

plural noun

Mad·​re·​po·​rar·​ia
ˌmadrəpəˈra(a)rēə,
məˌdrep-
: an extensive order of Anthozoa including most species that produce stony corals and that resemble the actiniarians in the general structure of the soft parts but that usually form colonies and always have an ectodermal calcareous skeleton
madreporarian
¦madrəpə¦ra(a)rēən
mə¦drep-
adjective or noun

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Madrepora + -aria

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“Madreporaria.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Madreporaria. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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