barrier reef

noun
Updated on: 25 Apr 2018

Definition of barrier reef

: a coral reef roughly parallel to a shore and separated from it usually by a lagoon

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First Known Use of barrier reef

1805

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Definition of barrier reef for English Language Learners

  • : a long coral reef that is near a shore


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: a coral reef parallel to the shore and separated from it by a lagoon

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