madrepore

noun
mad·​re·​pore | \ ˈma-drə-ˌpȯr How to pronounce madrepore (audio) \

Definition of madrepore

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

Other Words from madrepore

madreporian \ ˌma-​drə-​ˈpȯr-​ē-​ən How to pronounce madrepore (audio) \ adjective or noun
madreporic \ ˌma-​drə-​ˈpȯr-​ik How to pronounce madrepore (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of madrepore

1738, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for madrepore

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

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“Madrepore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/madrepore. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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