madrepore

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noun mad·re·pore \ˈma-drə-ˌpȯr\

Definition of madrepore

  1. :  any of various stony reef-building corals (order Madreporaria) of tropical seas that assume a variety of branching, encrusting, or massive forms

madreporian

play \ˌma-drə-ˈpȯr-ē-ən\ adjective or noun

madreporic

play \-ˈpȯr-ik\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of madrepore

French madrépore, from Italian madrepora, from madre mother (from Latin mater) + poro pore (from Latin porus) — more at mother


First Known Use: 1738

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