staghorn coral

noun
stag·​horn coral | \ˈstag-ˌhȯrn- \

Definition of staghorn coral 

: any of several large branching corals (genus Acropora, especially A. cervicornis) that somewhat resemble antlers

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Choices include euphorbia resinifera for acropora (also known as staghorn coral); opuntia microdasys monstrose for turbinaria; deuterocohnia brevifolia for galaxea; and mammillaria pilcayensis (bristle brush cactus) for dendrogyra or pillar coral. Martina Schimitschek, sandiegouniontribune.com, "At Scripps, a seascape landscape," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of staghorn coral

1884, in the meaning defined above

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