elkhorn coral

elk·​horn coral | \ ˈelk-ˌhȯrn- How to pronounce elkhorn coral (audio) \

Definition of elkhorn coral

: a reef-building branching coral (Acropora palmata) of shallow waters of southern Florida and the West Indies

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Recent Examples on the Web Another highlight was the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve, home to the endangered reef-building elkhorn coral, as well as colorful marine life including parrotfish and blue tangs. Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2021 Here, snorkelers benefit from large brain and elkhorn coral in waters that only go 6 to 8 feet deep. Alex Schechter, Travel + Leisure, 1 June 2021 The only other comparable disease outbreak occurred in the 1970s and 80s that nearly wiped out staghorn and elkhorn corals, which landed both on the endangered species list. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, 20 Apr. 2018 Our first mission was to snorkel off a popular beach called Punto Francés, where two years ago Dr. Guggenheim had seen intact expanses of elkhorn coral, a barometer of reef health. Tony Perrottet, New York Times, 2 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of elkhorn coral

1928, in the meaning defined above

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“Elkhorn coral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elkhorn%20coral. Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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