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madrepore

[ mad-ruh-pawr, -pohr ]
/ ˈmæd rəˌpɔr, -ˌpoʊr /
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noun

any true or stony coral of the order Madreporaria, forming reefs or islands in tropical seas.

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Origin of madrepore

1745–55; <French madrépore reef-building coral <Italian madrepora, equivalent to madre mother (<Latin māter) + -pora, for poro<Greek pôros kind of stone

OTHER WORDS FROM madrepore

mad·re·por·ic [mad-ruh-pawr-ik, -por-], /ˌmæd rəˈpɔr ɪk, -ˈpɒr-/, mad·re·po·ri·an [mad-ruh-pawr-ee-uhn, -pohr-], /ˌmæd rəˈpɔr i ən, -ˈpoʊr-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for madrepore

madrepore
/ (ˌmædrɪˈpɔː) /

noun

any coral of the genus Madrepora, many of which occur in tropical seas and form large coral reefs: order Zoantharia

Derived forms of madrepore

madreporal, madreporic (ˌmædrɪˈpɒrɪk), madreporitic (ˌmædrɪpəˈrɪtɪk) or madreporian, adjective

Word Origin for madrepore

C18: via French from Italian madrepora mother-stone, from madre mother + -pora, from Latin porus or Greek poros calcareous stone, stalactite
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