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 Thickets of wild elkhorn and mounds of brain coral were bleached or already dead. Catrin Einhorn Jason Gulley, New York Times, 31 July 2023 The Maldives: Modeling a city on a brain coral Few countries are more at risk from the climate crisis than the Maldives. Laura Paddison, CNN, 26 Mar. 2023 The skeleton design takes inspiration from nature: Many species such as brain corals grow in a dome shape, while branching or plate corals grow upward from a solid base. WIRED, 16 Feb. 2023 On the reef, Chamberland finishes her inspection of the brain coral and leaves the butterflyfish to their vigil. Michelle Nijhuis, Discover Magazine, 12 Oct. 2018 The staghorn, elkhorn and brain coral living in Government Cut provide a real-world example of how coral communities can adapt to such things as rising heat and polluted runoff, even in such an unlikely setting as the port of Miami. Curt Anderson and Cody Jackson, Anchorage Daily News, 9 May 2022 They'll all be interspersed as a mass of modular floating platforms in the pattern of a brain coral. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 22 June 2022 Designed in a pattern similar to brain coral, the city will consist of 5,000 floating units including houses, restaurants, shops and schools, with canals running in between. CNN, 19 June 2022 Coral Morphologic sells a line of surf and swimwear that takes designs from flower anemones and brain coral and uses environmentally sustainable materials such as a type of nylon recycled from old fishing nets. Curt Anderson and Cody Jackson, Sun Sentinel, 9 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1711, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brain coral was circa 1711

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“Brain coral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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