coralline

noun
cor·​al·​line | \ˈkȯr-ə-ˌlīn, ˈkär-\

Definition of coralline 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a coralline red alga

2 : a bryozoan or hydroid that resembles a coral

coralline

adjective

Definition of coralline (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or resembling coral

2 : of, relating to, or being any of a family (Corallinaceae) of calcareous red algae

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The researchers who conducted this study suggest that their new results might show a larger impact because of the presence of crustose coralline algae in the ecosystem, which can alter the balance of carbonate ions. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Part of the Great Barrier Reef exposed to more CO₂; results are grim," 16 Mar. 2018 Adey’s initial work with corallines was establishing worldwide diversity. Wendy Mitman Clarke, Smithsonian, "In Its Layers, This Stunning Pink Coralline Algae Holds Secrets of Climates Past," 8 Mar. 2017 Adey’s initial work with corallines was establishing worldwide diversity. Wendy Mitman Clarke, Smithsonian, "In Its Layers, This Stunning Pink Coralline Algae Holds Secrets of Climates Past," 8 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of coralline

Noun

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

circa 1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coralline

Adjective

French, from feminine of corallin coral-like, from Middle French, from Late Latin corallinus, from Latin corallium

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