barrier reef

noun

Definition of barrier reef

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

Examples of barrier reef in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With a turquoise lagoon and a barrier reef teeming with life, Aitutaki is also surrounded by a cluster of tiny uninhabited islands, reachable by boat for idyllic and secluded day excursions. Chloe Sachdev, Travel + Leisure, "Top 10 Islands in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific," 8 July 2020 This seven-villa private island is an all-access pass to the crystalline waters, colorful marine life, and world-class fishing that surrounds the world’s second-largest barrier reef. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 14 Best Private Island Resorts," 2 July 2020 Belize is home to the world's second largest barrier reef, so be sure to go snorkeling to view the coral and marine life. Claire Trageser, Travel + Leisure, "The 50 Best Romantic Getaways," 28 Apr. 2020 The Florida Aquarium celebrated Earth Day this year by announcing a history-making accomplishment that could help save the United States' only living coral barrier reef from extinction. Li Cohen, CBS News, "Florida Aquarium's latest discovery may help save the continental United States' only coral barrier reef from extinction," 22 Apr. 2020 Divers can explore the 140-mile-long Great Florida Reef, the only barrier reef in the continental United States. Karen Carmichael, National Geographic, "Don’t scuba? Here are 10 other underwater thrills," 7 June 2019 Whether making their way through the Caribbean or the South Pacific and Australia, cruise ships venture into some of the world’s most incredible oceans and barrier reefs. Terry Ward, Condé Nast Traveler, "4 Cruises Hand-Picked for Divers and Snorkelers," 15 Jan. 2020 Itinerary Itinerary Blanketed with thick jungle and edged by the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, Belize is a small country with extraordinary biodiversity and great natural beauty. National Geographic, "Belize Expedition: Oceans and Underwater Exploration," 10 Sep. 2019 Practice identifying species on snorkeling and scuba excursions along the world’s second largest barrier reef. National Geographic, "Belize High School Expedition," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of barrier reef

1805, in the meaning defined above

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“Barrier reef.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barrier%20reef. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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barrier reef

noun

English Language Learners Definition of barrier reef

: a long coral reef that is near a shore

barrier reef

noun

Kids Definition of barrier reef

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

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