Porites

noun Po·ri·tes \pəˈrīt(ˌ)ēz\

Definition of Porites

  1. :  a genus (the type of the family Poritidae) comprising important reef-building corals with 12-rayed calyculi and a very dense skeleton that is branched or massive and globular

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Origin and Etymology of porites

New Latin, from Latin porus pore + New Latin -ites


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