Definition of ramose in English:


Line breaks: ram¦ose
Pronunciation: /ˈraməʊs
, ˈreɪ-/


  • Having branches; branched: ramose corals
    More example sentences
    • One of these species, a ramose form with thin branches, was not found in the coral reef zone lower in the section.
    • The coral reef horizon is 19 m thick and, based on observation of weathered exposures of some of the massive and ramose coral colonies, it probably had a meter or more of relief on its surface at the peak of reef development.
    • As with ramose colonies, frondose forms were weakened when Sanctum laurentiensis mined out large chambers.


late 17th century: from Latin ramosus, from ramus 'branch'.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day milord
Pronunciation: mɪˈlɔːd
used to address an English nobleman