red coral


Definition of red coral

: a gorgonian (Corallium rubrum) of the Mediterranean and adjacent parts of the Atlantic having a hard stony skeleton of a delicate red or pink color used for ornaments and jewelry

Examples of red coral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The skirt was made from organza with metallic thread, and a red coral tiara that her future mother-in-law had given her months before adorned her tulle veil. Priya Rao, Town & Country, "A Tale of Two Houses," 4 Feb. 2013 The red coral, which can live for five hundred years, is one of several marine species that make human lifespans look like a blink of the eye by comparison. National Geographic, "Why This Animal Can Live for Over 500 Years," 31 Mar. 2018 Mediterranean red coral, with a potential lifespan of more than 500 years, live at depths of over half a mile deep. National Geographic, "Why This Animal Can Live for Over 500 Years," 31 Mar. 2018 Spoon out the green tomalley and red coral (if present) and set aside. Sarah Karnasiewicz, WSJ, "Recipe: Homard à l’Americaine (Lobster with Wine, Tomatoes, Garlic and Herbs)," 6 July 2017 Keep an eye out for the tropical fruit orchard, flaming red coral trees, and pua kala blossoms. Alex Schechter, Smithsonian, "12 Mesmerizing Places to Watch Flowers Bloom," 3 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of red coral

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Red coral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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