red coral


noun

any of several alcyonarian corals of the genus Corallium, as C. nobile, of the Mediterranean Sea, having a red or pink skeleton, used for jewelry.

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Origin of red coral

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325

Also called precious coral.

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British Dictionary definitions for red coral

red coral

noun

any of several corals of the genus Corallium, the skeletons of which are pinkish red in colour and used to make ornaments, etcAlso called: precious coral
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