barrier reef

noun

Definition of barrier reef

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

1805

First Known Use of barrier reef

1805


BARRIER REEF Defined for English Language Learners

barrier reef

noun

Definition of barrier reef for English Language Learners

  • : a long coral reef that is near a shore


BARRIER REEF Defined for Kids

barrier reef

noun

Definition of barrier reef for Students

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


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