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


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

Nearby words

  1. madras,
  2. madras states,
  3. madrasah,
  4. madre,
  5. madre de dios,
  6. madreporite,
  7. madrid,
  8. madrigal,
  9. madrigalist,
  10. madrileño

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

Related formsmad·re·por·ic [mad-ruh-pawr-ik, -por-] /ˌmæd rəˈpɔr ɪk, -ˈpɒr-/, mad·re·po·ri·an [mad-ruh-pawr-ee-uh n, -pohr-] /ˌmæd rəˈpɔr i ən, -ˈpoʊr-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for madrepore


/ (ˌmædrɪˈpɔː) /


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