corallite

[ kawr-uh-lahyt, kor- ]
/ ˈkɔr əˌlaɪt, ˈkɒr- /
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noun

the skeleton of a single coral polyp.

Origin of corallite

1805–15; < Latin corāll(ium) coral + -ite1
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Examples from the Web for corallite

  • The home of each animal is called a corallite, and the aggregation of many corallites is a corallum.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide|Augusta Foote Arnold
  • The septa meet in the center of the corallite, making star-like pits; the surface is comparatively smooth.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide|Augusta Foote Arnold
  • The corallite is composed of carbonate of lime secreted by the polyp, and, broadly speaking, may be called a skeleton.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide|Augusta Foote Arnold

British Dictionary definitions for corallite

corallite

/ (ˈkɒrəlaɪt) /

noun

the skeleton of a coral polyp
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