elkhorn coral

noun

elk·​horn coral ˈelk-ˌhȯrn- How to pronounce elkhorn coral (audio)
: a reef-building branching coral (Acropora palmata) of shallow waters of southern Florida and the West Indies

Examples of elkhorn coral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scientists only found living elkhorn coral at three sites: Carysfort Reef, Sombrero Reef in the middle Keys and Eastern Dry Rocks off Key West. Alex Harris, Miami Herald, 16 Feb. 2024 Dead skeletons of the elkhorn corals were covered in algae, dust and sediment. Jenny Jarvie, Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2023 In Florida, bleaching in the summer of 2014 harmed or destroyed a third of elkhorn corals at federal monitoring sites across the Upper Keys. Jenny Jarvie, Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2023 On Sunday, September 2, Kimani Kitson-Walters, a native of Jamaica who works at the Caribbean Netherlands Science Institute on Sint-Eustatius, reports—with celebratory emojis—that Sint-Eustatius’s elkhorn coral colonies were spawning. Michelle Nijhuis, Discover Magazine, 12 Oct. 2018 Acropora is a genus of common stony corals comprising table coral, elkhorn coral, and staghorn coral, along with others. Grrlscientist, Forbes, 10 Jan. 2023 The bacteria can also infect coral—in 2002, Porter and his colleagues learned that S. marcescens causes white pox disease in elkhorn coral. Joseph Castro, Discover Magazine, 18 Aug. 2011 Here, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, scientists at the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium are growing elkhorn coral in a lab in the Florida Keys before introducing them into the wild. David Wallace-Wells, New York Times, 26 Oct. 2022 Forty years ago, the elkhorn coral was one of the most common species in the Caribbean. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 23 Aug. 2011

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of elkhorn coral was in 1928

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“Elkhorn coral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elkhorn%20coral. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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