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corallite

[kawr-uh-lahyt, kor-] /ˈkɔr əˌlaɪt, ˈkɒr-/
noun
1.
the skeleton of a single coral polyp.
Origin of corallite
1805-1815
1805-15; < Latin corāll(ium) coral + -ite1
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  • The home of each animal is called a corallite, and the aggregation of many corallites is a corallum.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
  • The corallite is composed of carbonate of lime secreted by the polyp, and, broadly speaking, may be called a skeleton.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
  • The septa meet in the center of the corallite, making star-like pits; the surface is comparatively smooth.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
British Dictionary definitions for corallite

corallite

/ˈkɒrəlaɪt/
noun
1.
the skeleton of a coral polyp
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