Definition of fringing reef in English:

fringing reef

Syllabification: fring·ing reef

noun

A coral reef that lies close to the shore.
More example sentences
  • Reefs are generally divided into three categories; the barrier reef, the atoll, and the fringing reef.
  • Sipadan has fringing reefs and a coral wall which drops thousands of feet, while peninsular Malaysia's islands have reefs and rock outcrops plus some deep wrecks for technical divers.
  • Coral atolls consist of several small islets within a fringing reef, arranged around a central lagoon.

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