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 An unusual feature of the recovery is that brain coral that started out with heat-sensitive algae had a higher survival rate (82%) than coral that began with heat-tolerant algae (25%), the team reports today in Nature Communications. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, 8 Dec. 2020 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, 23 May 2018 Coral researchers believe brain coral, like this off Grassy Key, are more susceptible to the disease. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, 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, 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of brain coral

circa 1711, in the meaning defined above

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“Brain coral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brain%20coral. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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