Coral definition

kôrəl, kŏr-
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A deep or strong pink to moderate red or reddish orange.
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The oldest coral reefs known are Hawaiian reefs which are an estimated 4,265 years old.
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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.

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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.
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Coral is defined as a pinkish-orange color.

An example of coral is the Elizabeth Taylor rose.

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The unfertilized eggs of a female lobster, which turn a reddish color when cooked.
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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.
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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.
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A polyp or colony of polyps of any of various hydrozoans that secrete hard skeletons, such as the fire corals.
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The hard skeleton of various corals, especially of red corals of the genus Corallium, used to make jewelry and ornaments.
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An object made of this material.
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Made of coral.
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Yellowish-red or yellowish-pink.
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Any of numerous small, sedentary cnidarians (coelenterates) of the class Anthozoa. Corals often form massive colonies in shallow sea water and secrete a cup-shaped skeleton of calcium carbonate, which they can retreat into when in danger. Corals are related to the sea anemones and have stinging tentacles around the mouth opening that are used to catch prey.
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A hard, stony substance consisting of the skeletons of these animals. It is typically white, pink, or reddish and can form large reefs that support an abundance of ocean fish.
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(uncountable) A hard substance made of the limestone skeletons of marine polyps.
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(countable) A colony of marine polyps.
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(countable) A somewhat yellowish pink colour, the colour of red coral.

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Made of coral.
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Having the yellowish pink colour of coral.
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A female given name.
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Of a deep or strong pink to moderate red or reddish orange.
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The hard, stony skeleton secreted by certain marine polyps (class Anthozoa) and often deposited in extensive masses forming reefs and atolls in tropical seas.
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Any such polyp (esp. order Scleractinia) living singly or in large colonies.
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A piece of coral, esp. the red kind used in jewelry.
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The mature ovaries of the lobster.
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A yellowish red or yellowish pink.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
coral
Plural:
corals

Origin of coral

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin corallium from Greek korallion

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French coral (French corail), from Latin corallium, from Ancient Greek κοράλλιον (korallion, “coral”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From coral.

    From Wiktionary