Share this entry

Share this page

stromatoporoid

Line breaks: stro¦mato|por¦oid
Pronunciation: /ˌstrəʊməˈtɒpərɔɪd
 
/

Definition of stromatoporoid in English:

noun

An extinct sessile coral-like marine organism of uncertain relationship which built up calcareous masses composed of laminae and pillars, occurring from the Cambrian to the Cretaceous.
Example sentences
  • The main victims were the major reef-building organisms: the stromatoporoid sponges, and rugose and tabulate corals.
  • The stromatoporoids had massive calcareous skeletons that are preserved as rather conspicuous fossils.
  • Other faunal elements include colonial and solitary corals, encrusting bryozoans, stromatoporoids, and rare brachiopods.

Origin

late 19th century: from modern Latin Stromatopora (genus name), from stroma, stromat- 'layer, covering' + -pora.

Definition of stromatoporoid in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day terpsichorean
Pronunciation: ˌtəːpsɪkəˈriːən
adjective
relating to dancing