Definition of corallite in English:

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corallite

Pronunciation: /ˈkôrəˌlīt/ /ˈkär-/

noun

Paleontology
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.

Origin

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

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