Definition of reef-builder in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrēfbildə/


A marine organism, especially a coral, that builds reefs.
Example sentences
  • The calcareous algae, stromatoporoids, tabulate corals, and rugose corals became conspicuous reef-builders throughout the tropical seas.
  • They were rarely reef-builders as modern corals are.
  • However, the publication of monographs by Marius Lecompte, Jesse Galloway and by Galloway and Joseph St. Jean increased interest in the classification, paleoecology, and nature of these reef-builders.



Example sentences
  • I've been looking at how seawater warming events have influenced the types of algal symbionts that are found inside reef-building corals.
  • The Barrier Reef is a mix of two island forms: continental islands and the true coral islands that grow from the reef-building activities of corals.
  • This ecosystem is a diverse habitat for marine creatures, with around 600 types of reef-building corals and more than 2,000 kinds of coral reefs.
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