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barrier reef Syllabification: bar·ri·er reef
Pronunciation: /ˈberēər rēf/

Definition of barrier reef in English:


A coral reef running parallel to the shore but separated from it by a channel of deep water.
Example sentences
  • Reefs are generally divided into three categories; the barrier reef, the atoll, and the fringing reef.
  • Closer contact reveals that sport divers who come to these clear, southern waters protected by a barrier reef, fearlessly feed the large group of stingrays which gather in this region.
  • It is a 100-hectare tropical garden on the raised coral of the barrier reef surrounding the lagoon.
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