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coralline

[kawr-uh-lin, -lahyn, kor-]
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adjective
  1. composed of coral or having the structure of coral: coralline limestone.
  2. corallike.
  3. coral-colored; reddish-yellow; light yellowish-red; pinkish-yellow.
noun
  1. any red algae impregnated with lime.
  2. any of various corallike animals or calcareous algae.

Origin of coralline

First recorded in 1535–45, coralline is from the Late Latin word corallīnus coral red. See coral, -ine1
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Examples from the Web for coralline

Historical Examples

  • These atolls are of coralline formation and of irregular shape.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 7

    Various

  • But from that time the animal nature of the coralline has never been doubted.

    The Ocean World:

    Louis Figuier

  • Oftener, also, darker in the coralline than in the volcanic islands.

  • Coral of extinct genus, from the inferior or coralline crag, Suffolk.

  • The material is the coralline rock common in this part of the island.

    A Trip to Cuba

    Julia Ward Howe


British Dictionary definitions for coralline

coralline

adjective
  1. Also: coralloid of, relating to, or resembling coral
  2. of the colour of coral
noun
  1. any of various red algae impregnated with calcium carbonate, esp any of the genus Corallina
  2. any of various animals that resemble coral, such as certain sponges

Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin corallīnus coral red, from Latin corāllium coral
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