barrier reef


noun

a reef of coral running roughly parallel to the shore and separated from it by a wide, deep lagoon.

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Origin of barrier reef

First recorded in 1795–1805
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Example sentences from the Web for barrier reef

  • How I wish we were going down the east coast of Australia, inside the barrier-reef, instead of down the stormy west coast!

    The Last Voyage|Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • Accordingly they steered for an opening which appeared in the barrier-reef.

    Ben Hadden|W.H.G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for barrier reef

barrier reef

noun

a long narrow coral reef near and lying parallel to the shore, separated from it by deep waterSee Great Barrier Reef
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Scientific definitions for barrier reef

barrier reef

A long, narrow ridge of coral that runs parallel to the mainland and is separated from it by a deep lagoon. Compare atoll fringing reef.
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