the hard, variously colored, calcareous skeleton secreted by certain marine polyps.
such skeletons collectively, forming reefs, islands, etc.
the solitary or colonial polyp that secretes this calcareous skeleton.
a reddish yellow; light yellowish red; pinkish yellow.
the unimpregnated roe or eggs of the lobster that when boiled take on the color of red coral.
something made of coral, as an ornament, piece of jewelry, or a child's toy.
made of coral: a coral reef; coral ornamentation.
making coral: a coral polyp.
resembling coral, especially in color; yellowish-red.
- cor·al·like, adjective
Other definitions for Coral (2 of 2)
a female given name.
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How to use coral in a sentence
Cason is now retired from the Foreign Service and is the mayor of coral Gables, Florida.
coral reefs are in decline, coastal dead zones are on the rise, and marine life is dying.‘Mission Blue’ Warning: The Ocean Is Not Too Big to Fail | Sylvia A. Earle | August 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For as long as anyone could remember, Adam Winfield of Cape coral, Florida, wanted to join the U.S. military.‘Kill Team’: The Documentary the Army Doesn’t Want You to See | Andrew Romano | July 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Big British bookmaker coral has suspended betting on Kate announcing she is pregnant again before the end of this month.
The Reef has lost more than half its coral cover since 1985, with two-thirds of the loss occurring after 1998.Australia Wants to Open the Great Barrier Reef to Dumping | Kirsten Alexander | June 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The birds that build them swallow a certain kind of glutinous weed growing on the coral rocks.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin | Mary Hazelton Wade
Between these two ranges of islands we only obtained one cast of the lead which gave us thirty-three fathoms on a coral bottom.
All the islands are low and wooded, and surrounded by a coral reef of small extent.
I could observe groups and clusters of coloured coral and madrepore-stone, whose magnificence challenges all description.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
Both the islets are surrounded by coral reefs, of small extent.
British Dictionary definitions for coral
the calcareous or horny material forming the skeleton of certain of these animals
(as modifier): a coral reef See also red coral
a rocklike aggregation of certain of these animals or their skeletons, forming an island or reef
(as modifier): a coral island
an object made of coral, esp a piece of jewellery
(as modifier): a coral necklace
a deep-pink to yellowish-pink colour
(as adjective): coral lipstick
the roe of a lobster or crab, which becomes pink when cooked
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Scientific definitions for coral
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.
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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