[ bahy-oh-hurm ]
/ ˈbaɪ oʊˌhɜrm /
a carbonate rock formation, in the form of an ancient reef or hummock, consisting of the fossilized remains of corals, algae, mollusks, and other sedentary marine life, and commonly surrounded by rock of a different lithology.
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Origin of bioherm
1925–30; bio- + -herm < Greek hérma sunken rock, reef
OTHER WORDS FROM biohermbi·o·her·mal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bioherm
/ (ˈbaɪəʊˌhɜːm) /
a mound of material laid down by sedentary marine organisms, esp a coral reef
the fossilized remains of such a mound
Word Origin for bioherm
C20: from bio- + Greek herma submerged rock
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