brain coral

noun

Definition of brain coral 

: a massive reef-building coral (such as genus Diploria) having the surface covered by ridges and furrows

Examples of brain coral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Researchers discovered the protist living on a brain coral in a tropical aquarium at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego. Sean Greene, latimes.com, "A rare great ape, a 130-foot-tall tree and an extinct marsupial lion make the Top 10 New Species list for 2018," 23 May 2018 Coral researchers believe brain coral, like this off Grassy Key, are more susceptible to the disease. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Mystery disease spreads, threatens coral reefs in the Lower Florida Keys | Miami Herald," 20 Apr. 2018 Divers from around the world flock here to swim with massive manta rays and glide though undersea forests of brain corals, blue staghorns and orange sea whips. Mark Johanson, chicagotribune.com, "Paradise takes many forms on this Indonesian archipelago," 23 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'brain coral.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of brain coral

circa 1711, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about brain coral

Share brain coral

Statistics for brain coral

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for brain coral

The first known use of brain coral was circa 1711

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on brain coral

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with brain coral

Comments on brain coral

What made you want to look up brain coral? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a nest or breeding place

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!