coralline

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

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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coralline

adjective
  1. Also: coralloid of, relating to, or resembling coral
  2. of the colour of coral
noun
  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

Word Origin for coralline

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