Origin of madreporeFrench madrépore from Italian madrepora, literally , mother-stone (from its rapid production) from madre ( from Classical Latin mater, mother) + poro, a pore from Classical Latin porus, pore
Any of various hard corals of the genus Madrepora or of the order Scleractinia (formerly Madreporaria).
Origin of madreporeItalian madrepora madre mother ( from Latin māter mātr-; see māter- in Indo-European roots.) -pora ( alteration of poro tufa, pore ) ( from Late Latin porus passageway ; see pore 2. ) ( or from Latin pōrus calcareous stone, stalactite ) ( from Greek pōros )