barrier reef


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 This private island is a Bahamian oasis, offering an upscale and secluded experience — complete with white-sand beaches and lush foliage — off the coast of the third-largest barrier reef in the world. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, 20 Dec. 2021 In 2018, Chachamovits moved to Florida to be closer to the third-largest barrier reef in the world. Vogue, 30 Nov. 2021 Andros is one of largest islands in the country, and this uncrowded spot is home to the world's third largest barrier reef, blue hole ocean caves, and over 90 miles of pristine beaches. Judy Koutsky, Travel + Leisure, 6 Mar. 2021 Florida has the third-longest barrier reef system in the world that is known as the Florida Reef Tract. Emmett Hall,, 23 Sep. 2021 The secluded Central American nation spans just under 9,000 square miles of turquoise waters, staggering Mayan ruins and the world's second largest barrier reef surrounded by lush rainforest. Roger Sands, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 This three-mile stretch is protected by a barrier reef that lies offshore, which is visible at extreme low tide, and provides a buffer from the big waves of the Atlantic., 13 Aug. 2021 One of Australia's last frontiers, The Kimberley, in the northwestern region of Australia, is a land of remote and spectacular scenery made up of a large central sandstone range and an extensive limestone range formed from an ancient barrier reef. Amiee White Beazley, Travel + Leisure, 29 June 2021 Domestically, first-time divers love the Florida Keys, which are home to the largest barrier reef in the U.S. Condé Nast Traveler, 28 June 2021

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First Known Use of barrier reef

1805, in the meaning defined above

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6 Jan 2022

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“Barrier reef.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of barrier reef

: a long coral reef that is near a shore

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Kids Definition of barrier reef

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

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