mad·​re·​pore ˈma-drə-ˌpȯr How to pronounce madrepore (audio)
: any of various stony reef-building corals (order Madreporaria) of tropical seas that assume a variety of branching, encrusting, or massive forms
madreporian adjective or noun
madreporic adjective

Word History


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

First Known Use

1738, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of madrepore was in 1738

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Cite this Entry

“Madrepore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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