an island consisting of a circular coral reef surrounding a lagoon
A type of island consisting of a ribbon reef that nearly or entirely surrounds a lagoon and supports, in most cases, one to many islets on the reef platform. Atolls have a unique geology, so not all islands with a reef and a lagoon are atolls.
Origin: From and , from آبتل
a coral island or islands, consisting of a belt of coral reef, partly submerged, surrounding a central lagoon or depression; a lagoon island
Origin: [The native name in the Indian Ocean.]
An atoll is a ring-shaped coral reef including a coral rim that encircles a lagoon partially or completely. There may be coral islands/cays on the coral rim.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
a-tol′, or at′ol, n. a coral island consisting of a circular belt of coral enclosing a central lagoon. [A Malay word.]
The numerical value of atoll in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of atoll in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Last year’s bleaching at Lisianski Atoll was the worst our scientists have seen, almost one and a half square miles of reef bleached last year and are now completely dead.
If we were continuing to excavate the castaway campsite at the southeast end of the atoll I would say that we could ‘expect’ to make further discoveries, it’s an established archaeological site where we know a castaway died - apparently female and of Earhart’s height and ethnic origin - and where we have found artifacts that speak of an American woman of the 1930s.
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- ellan chorralaghManx
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