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[kawr-uh-lin, -lahyn, kor-]
  1. composed of coral or having the structure of coral: coralline limestone.
  2. corallike.
  3. coral-colored; reddish-yellow; light yellowish-red; pinkish-yellow.
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  1. any red algae impregnated with lime.
  2. any of various corallike animals or calcareous algae.
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Origin of coralline

First recorded in 1535–45, coralline is from the Late Latin word corallīnus coral red. See coral, -ine1
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Examples from the Web for coralline

Historical Examples of coralline

  • These atolls are of coralline formation and of irregular shape.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 7


  • But from that time the animal nature of the coralline has never been doubted.

    The Ocean World:

    Louis Figuier

  • Oftener, also, darker in the coralline than in the volcanic islands.

  • Coral of extinct genus, from the inferior or coralline crag, Suffolk.

  • The material is the coralline rock common in this part of the island.

    A Trip to Cuba

    Julia Ward Howe

British Dictionary definitions for coralline


  1. Also: coralloid of, relating to, or resembling coral
  2. of the colour of coral
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  1. any of various red algae impregnated with calcium carbonate, esp any of the genus Corallina
  2. any of various animals that resemble coral, such as certain sponges
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Word Origin for coralline

C16: from Late Latin corallīnus coral red, from Latin corāllium coral
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