The definition of coral is a hard skeleton left behind by marine polyps that often forms a larger structure like a reef or an atoll.
Facts About Coral Reefs
- The oldest coral reefs known are Hawaiian reefs which are an estimated 4,265 years old.
- Coral has been called the oldest living organism with a skeleton on the planet.
- An example of coral is the white hard part of a reef.
- An example of coral is the pinkish-orange colored hard shell shaped like a twig used to make jewelry.
- Coral is defined as a pinkish-orange color.
An example of coral is the Elizabeth Taylor rose.
A piece of red coral.
- the hard, stony skeleton secreted by certain marine polyps (class Anthozoa) and often deposited in extensive masses forming reefs and atolls in tropical seas
- any such polyp (esp. order Scleractinia) living singly or in large colonies
- a piece of coral, esp. the red kind used in jewelry
- the mature ovaries of the lobster
- a yellowish red or yellowish pink
Origin of coralOld French ; from Classical Latin coralium ; from Classical Greek korallion ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Classical Hebrew (language) gōrál, pebble or Arabic garal, small stone
- made of coral
- coral-red or coral-pink
- a. A rocklike deposit consisting of the calcareous skeletons secreted by various marine invertebrates, chiefly anthozoans. Coral deposits often accumulate to form reefs or islands in warm seas.b. A polyp or colony of polyps of any of the numerous anthozoans that secrete a hard or flexible skeleton, especially the reef-building hard corals.c. A polyp or colony of polyps of any of various hydrozoans that secrete hard skeletons, such as the fire corals.d. The hard skeleton of various corals, especially of red corals of the genus Corallium, used to make jewelry and ornaments.e. An object made of this material.
- A deep or strong pink to moderate red or reddish orange.
- The unfertilized eggs of a female lobster, which turn a reddish color when cooked.
Origin of coralMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin corallium, from Greek korallion.
top: brain coral
bottom: gorgonian coral
(countable and uncountable, plural corals)
- Made of coral.
- Having the yellowish pink colour of coral.
- A female given name.
- Used since the end of the 19th century, mostly in the UK.