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corallite

[kawr-uh-lahyt, kor-]
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noun
  1. the skeleton of a single coral polyp.

Origin of corallite

1805–15; < Latin corāll(ium) coral + -ite1
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Examples from the Web for corallite

Historical Examples

  • 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

noun
  1. the skeleton of a coral polyp
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