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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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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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