Definitions for madreporeˈmæd rəˌpɔr, -ˌpoʊr
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mad•re•poreˈmæd rəˌpɔr, -ˌpoʊr(n.)
any coral of the order Madreporaria forming reefs or islands in tropical seas.
Origin of madrepore:
1745–55; < F
stony coral, madrepore, madriporian coral(noun)
corals having calcareous skeletons aggregations of which form reefs and islands
A coral of the order Madreporaria
Any stony coral.
Origin: From madrepore, from madrepora, from madre, from mater + poro, from porus
any coral of the genus Madrepora; formerly, often applied to any stony coral
Madrepore is a genus of stony corals, often found forming reefs or islands in tropical locations. The names Madrepore and Madreporaria were formerly applied universally to any stony coral of the family Scleractinia. They reproduce in three separate ways as discovered by the marine zoologist Anne Thynne.