1A hard stony substance secreted by certain marine coelenterates as an external skeleton, typically forming large reefs in warm seas: [as modifier]: a coral reef
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- Police said seven tourist boats sail every day from Tungkang to the small island, which boasts coral reefs and rich marine life.
- The rest of the island is characterized by beautiful sandy beaches, coral reefs, warm clear blue waters and idyllic islands.
- Ciguatera poison is made by a microscopic organism that attaches itself to algae growing in the warm waters of coral reefs.
1.1Precious red coral, used in jewelry.
- The pieces on this page - not to scale - are only the tip of the mountain of crystal, coral, bead, shell, pearl and sequin baubles available out there for summer.
- The precious ingredients, ivory, coral, amber and crystal, have a distinctly magical aura - precious medicine for a precious child.
- The sculptures are made of copper and silver decorated with coral, pearl, crystal and stone and are often set on a heart-shaped base.
1.2The pinkish-red color of red coral.
- The key colours are bright coral, various shades of purple, peach and green.
- Cyclamen flower petals range in colors from pink to white, coral, red, purple, and also a wide array of bicolors.
- Jewel colours such as coral and emerald-green showed up often on runways last week, and shoppers should expect to see them in a few months in stores everywhere.
2A sedentary coelenterate of warm and tropical seas, with a calcareous, horny, or soft skeleton. Most corals are colonial and many rely on the presence of green algae in their tissues to obtain energy from sunlight.
- Several orders in the class Anthozoa, including the ‘true’ or stony corals (order Scleractinia or Madreporaria), which form reefs, the soft corals (order Alcyonacea), and the horny corals (order Gorgonacea)
- Since the beginning of the Cenozoic, reefs have become dominated by scleractinian corals and calcareous algae.
- They were found in association with several other brachiopods as well as corals.
- They are reef fishes that not only rely on the corals for habitat but also food.
3The unfertilized roe of a lobster or scallop, which is used as food and becomes reddish when cooked.
- Remove the orange beak of coral from each scallop.
- In a food processor, mix the lobster coral with three ounces of butter until well combined and reserve.
- Separating the boys from the girls, females, called ‘hens’, are often preferred for their roe or coral.
- (chiefly Biology & Zoology )Example sentences
- In cycads, the cyanobacteria are sheltered in specially modified roots which have the appearance of coral, and so are called coralloid roots, as seen above at left.
- Specialised, upright-growing, branched roots, known as coralloid roots, are also produced by all species.
- Conversely, normal lateral roots can be initiated within the internal tissues of decaying coralloid branches.
Middle English: via Old French from Latin corallum, from Greek korallion, kouralion.
Words that rhyme with coralamoral, Balmoral, immoral, laurel, moral, quarrel, sorel, sorrel
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