What does Coral mean?

Definitions for Coral
ˈkɔr əl, ˈkɒr-Coral

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. coralnoun

    a variable color averaging a deep pink

  2. coral, red coral, precious coralnoun

    the hard stony skeleton of a Mediterranean coral that has a delicate red or pink color and is used for jewelry

  3. coralnoun

    unfertilized lobster roe; reddens in cooking; used as garnish or to color sauces

  4. coraladjective

    marine colonial polyp characterized by a calcareous skeleton; masses in a variety of shapes often forming reefs

  5. coraladjective

    of a strong pink to yellowish-pink color


  1. coralnoun

    A hard substance made of the limestone skeletons of marine polyps.

  2. coralnoun

    A colony of marine polyps.

  3. coraladjective

    Made of coral.

  4. coraladjective

    Having the yellowish pink colour of coral.

  5. Coralnoun

    A female given name from English.

    "Where are you from originally, Coral?" / "Indiana." / "Lots of Corals out there, I bet." / She hesitated, seemed about to flare, and then smiled instead, showing a little gap between two front teeth. "Well, it was Cora Lucille, I guess, " she said, still smiling, looking very much like a Cora Lucille in that moment.

  6. Etymology: From κοράλλιον.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CORALnoun

    1.Red coral is a plant of great hardness and stony nature, while growing in the water, as it has after long exposure to the air. The vulgar opinion, that coral is soft, while in the sea, proceeds from a soft and thin coat, of a crustaceous matter, covering it while it is growing, and which is taken off before it is packed up for use. This external bark is of a fungous spongy texture, of a yellowish or greenish colour, and is full of an acrid juice resembling milk. It covers every part of the plant, and is easily separated from the internal or stony part by friction, while it is moist; but adheres to it very firmly, if suffered to dry on it. The whole coral plant grows to a foot or more in height, and is variously ramified. It is thickest at the stem, and its branches grow gradually smaller to the extremities. It grows to stones, or any other solid substances, without a root, or without any way penetrating them, as plants do the earth. It has been doubted whether coral were properly a plant or not; but as it is found to grow, and take in its nourishment in the manner of plants, and to produce flowers and seeds, or at least a matter analogous to seeds, it properly belongs to the vegetable kingdom. The ancients ascribed great virtues to red coral; but now it is only used internally as an astringent and absorbent, with other medicines of the same intention. We hear of white coral, of which the ancients make no mention; and what is sold under this name is a species of the madrepora, another sea-plant. There is a black coral of the same stony substance with the red, and as glossy as the blackest marble; but what is sold in the shops under that name, is a plant of a different genus, and of a tough horny texture. John Hill Materia Medica.

    Etymology: corallium, Latin.

    In the sea, upon the south-west of Sicily, much coral is found. It is a submarine plant: it hath no leaves: it brancheth only when it is under water. It is soft, and green of colour; but being brought into the air, it becometh hard and shining red, as we see. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 780.

    This gentleman, desirous to find the nature of coral, caused a man to go down a hundred fathom into the sea, with express orders to take notice whether it were hard or soft in the place where it groweth. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. ii. c. 5.

    He hears the crackling sound of coral woods,
    And sees the secret source of subterranean floods. John Dryden, Virg.

    A turret was inclos’d
    Within the wall, of alabaster white,
    And crimson coral, for the queen of night,
    Who takes in Sylvan sports her chaste delight. Dryden.

    Or where’s the sense, direct or moral,
    That teeth are pearl, or lips are coral? Matthew Prior.

    Her infant grandame’s coral next it grew;
    The bells she gingled. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Coralnoun

    the hard parts or skeleton of various Anthozoa, and of a few Hydrozoa. Similar structures are also formed by some Bryozoa

  2. Coralnoun

    the ovaries of a cooked lobster; -- so called from their color

  3. Coralnoun

    a piece of coral, usually fitted with small bells and other appurtenances, used by children as a plaything

  4. Etymology: [Of. coral, F, corail, L. corallum, coralium, fr. Gr. kora`llion.]


  1. Coral

    Corals are marine invertebrates in class Anthozoa of phylum Cnidaria typically living in compact colonies of many identical individual "polyps". The group includes the important reef builders that inhabit tropical oceans and secrete calcium carbonate to form a hard skeleton. A coral "head" is a colony of myriad genetically identical polyps. Each polyp is a spineless animal typically only a few millimeters in diameter and a few centimeters in length. A set of tentacles surround a central mouth opening. An exoskeleton is excreted near the base. Over many generations, the colony thus creates a large skeleton that is characteristic of the species. Individual heads grow by asexual reproduction of polyps. Corals also breed sexually by spawning: polyps of the same species release gametes simultaneously over a period of one to several nights around a full moon. Although some corals can catch small fish and plankton, using stinging cells on their tentacles, like those in sea anemone and jellyfish, most corals obtain the majority of their energy and nutrients from photosynthetic unicellular algae that live within the coral's tissue called zooxanthella. Such corals require sunlight and grow in clear, shallow water, typically at depths shallower than 60 metres. Corals can be major contributors to the physical structure of the coral reefs that develop in tropical and subtropical waters, such as the enormous Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland, Australia. Other corals do not have associated algae and can live in much deeper water, with the cold-water genus Lophelia surviving as deep as 3,000 metres. Examples live on the Darwin Mounds located north-west of Cape Wrath, Scotland. Corals have also been found off the coast of the U.S. in Washington State and the Aleutian Islands in Alaska.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Coral

    kor′al, n. a hard substance of various colours growing on the bottom of the sea, composed of the skeletons of zoophytes: a child's toy made of coral.—adj. made of or like coral.—n. Cor′al-is′land.—adjs. Corallā′ceous, like, or having the qualities of, coral; Corallif′erous, containing coral; Coral′liform, having the form of coral; Corallig′enous, producing coral; Cor′alline, of, like, or containing coral.—n. a limy seaweed of a delicate pinkish or purplish colour, common on British coasts: a coral-like substance.—n. Cor′allite, a petrified substance, in the form of coral.—adjs. Cor′alloid, -al, in the form of coral: resembling coral.—ns. Cor′al-rag, a limestone rock formed chiefly of petrified coral found in the oolite system; Cor′al-reef, a reef or bank formed by the growth and deposit of coral; Cor′al-sea, the part of the Pacific between Australia on the west and the New Hebrides on the east; Cor′al-snake, a small venomous snake, in the same family as the cobra; Cor′al-tree, a small tropical tree or shrub, producing long spikes of beautiful red flowers resembling coral; Cor′al-wood, a hard South American cabinet-wood, first yellow, then red; Cor′al-wort, a cruciferous plant in English woods—called also Tooth-wort or Tooth-violet. [O. Fr.,—L. coralium—Gr. korallion.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. coral

    A name applied to the hard calcareous support or skeleton of many species of marine zoophytes. The coral-producing animals abound chiefly in tropical seas, sometimes forming, by the aggregated growth of countless generations, reefs, barriers, and islands of vast extent. The "red coral" (Corallium rubrum) of the Mediterranean is highly prized for ornamental purposes.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Coral' in Nouns Frequency: #3002

Anagrams for Coral »

  1. Carlo

  2. carol, Carol

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Coral in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Coral in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Coral in a Sentence

  1. Marie Strader:

    We intended this paper to serve as a humble blueprint for how researchers can use this technology to study the functions of coral genes, we are currently conducting experiments investigating how specific genes regulate coral skeletal formation, or calcification, for example. However, we expect this technique could be useful to identify genes involved in many other ecologically important traits such as thermal tolerance or coral bleaching.

  2. John Burt:

    The coral is either digesting the algae or expelling it -- we're not quite sure of the process.

  3. Roger Germann:

    And just think, a solution to the next pandemic or human illness could be discovered from healthy coral reef.

  4. Lyle Vail:

    The bright blue staghorn coral is ... fluorescing – another sign a coral is in distress.

  5. Andy Bruckner:

    Were going to involve the community, really, in getting us to help basically garden the coral so that it can continue to grow and survive.

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    one whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action
    • A. lacerate
    • B. bristly
    • C. irascible
    • D. motile

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