Definition of madrepore in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmadrəˌpôr/


1A stony coral of the genus Madrepora.
Example sentences
  • The edge of the drop-off is punctuated by large formations of madrepores with contorted outlines.
  • Their characteristic feature is the mouth, which has two robust incisor teeth that are joined and create a ‘beak’ that can easily break madrepores and pick up tiny algae off the rocks.
  • It is an extraordinary sight, like scattered carpets flung down, rich brown and gold, blue-white and green, with fans of plate coral and the occasional madrepore or staghorn standing above it.
2The polyp producing the stony coral of the genus Madrepora.
Example sentences
  • The corals and the madrepores that formed 180 million years ago the limestone of the ancient sea bottom, today are the base of the thin layers that keep alive this wide wooded mantle.
  • They were naturalists, come to see the very first marine aquarium in England, a large collection of madrepores and sea sponges kept in glass cases in the drawing-room of Ashburnham House.
  • Glide into a deep blue abyss alive with bright small fish species, moray eels and madrepores.



Pronunciation: /ˌmadrəˈpôrik/
Example sentences
  • The oculars in Evechinus also, were never found to have the madreporic surface continued onto them.
  • So I was able to study the madreporic process that has created the islands in this ocean.
  • Bassas da India is an emerging, circular madreporic atoll, with an area lower than 1 sq. km.

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Syllabification: mad·re·pore

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