Definition of corallite in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkôrəˌlīt/ Pronunciation: /ˈkär-/


1The cuplike calcareous skeleton of a single coral polyp.
Example sentences
  • If I were to look at photographs of the deep structure of this piece, I'd see down into the level of the skeleton of each coral polyp, the corallite.
  • The fine skeletal structures of the corallites are typically obliterated; skeletons are composed of fine to coarse, neomorphic calcite.
  • Daughter corallites possess relatively large diameters from the beginning, along with a robust colonial pattern.


Early 19th century: from Latin corallum 'coral' + -ite1.

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Syllabification: cor·al·lite

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