fire coral


: a colonial coralline hydrozoan (genus Millepora) having nematocysts that inflict a painful and burning sting

Examples of fire coral in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fire coral was in 1952

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“Fire coral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

fire coral

: a colonial hydrozoan (genus Millepora) resembling coral and having nematocysts that inflict a painful and burning sting
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