coral

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noun cor·al \ ˈkȯr-əl , ˈkär- \

Definition of coral

1 a :the calcareous or horny skeletal deposit produced by anthozoan or rarely hydrozoan polyps; especially :a richly red precious coral secreted by a gorgonian (genus Corallium)
b :a polyp or polyp colony together with its membranes and skeleton
2 :a piece of coral and especially of red coral
3 a :a bright reddish ovary (as of a lobster or scallop)
b :a deep pink

coral

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coralloid

play \ˈkȯr-ə-ˌlȯid, ˈkär-\ adjective

Examples of coral in a Sentence

  1. brightly colored fishes swimming among the coral

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Origin and Etymology of coral

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin corallium, from Greek korallion

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CORAL Defined for English Language Learners

coral

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Definition of coral for English Language Learners

  • : a hard material formed on the bottom of the sea by the skeletons of small creatures

  • : an orange pink color


CORAL Defined for Kids

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coral

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noun cor·al \ ˈkȯr-əl \

Definition of coral for Students

1 :a tiny soft-bodied animal that typically lives within a stony skeleton grouped in large colonies and that is related to the jellyfish
2 :a piece of stony material consisting of the skeletons of corals
3 :a colony of corals coral reef
4 :a dark pink

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coral

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Definition of coral for Students

1 :made of coral
  • a coral reef
2 :of a dark pink color


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