a variable color averaging a deep pink
coral, red coral, precious coral(noun)
the hard stony skeleton of a Mediterranean coral that has a delicate red or pink color and is used for jewelry
unfertilized lobster roe; reddens in cooking; used as garnish or to color sauces
marine colonial polyp characterized by a calcareous skeleton; masses in a variety of shapes often forming reefs
of a strong pink to yellowish-pink color
A hard substance made of the limestone skeletons of marine polyps.
A colony of marine polyps.
Made of coral.
Having the yellowish pink colour of coral.
Origin: From κοράλλιον.
the hard parts or skeleton of various Anthozoa, and of a few Hydrozoa. Similar structures are also formed by some Bryozoa
the ovaries of a cooked lobster; -- so called from their color
a piece of coral, usually fitted with small bells and other appurtenances, used by children as a plaything
Origin: [Of. coral, F, corail, L. corallum, coralium, fr. Gr. kora`llion.]
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
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
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.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'coral' in Nouns Frequency: #3002
The numerical value of coral in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of coral in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Examples of coral in a Sentence
Coral cover [on the Great Barrier Reef] has halved over the last 27 years.
There are hundreds of colonies of coral that we need to relocate, one by one, delicately.
The coral is either digesting the algae or expelling it -- we're not quite sure of the process.
How tranquil is a coral tomb, and may the heavens grant that my companions and I be buried in no other!
What used to be really good coral reefs in there have definitely been decimated over the last two to three years.
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- корал, кораловBulgarian
- coral·lí, corall, de, colorCatalan, Valencian
- koralle, KorallenriffGerman
- koralo, koralaEsperanto
- sügavroosa, korallEstonian
- مرجان, بسدPersian
- koralli, korallinenFinnish
- אלמוג, אַלְמוֹגHebrew
- մարջան, բուստ, բուստախութ, [[մարջանի]] [[խութ]]Armenian
- corallina, corallino, coralloItalian
- 珊瑚礁, 珊瑚色, 珊瑚, サンゴ, 珊瑚製の, 珊瑚色の, 珊瑚でできた, コーラルJapanese
- მარჯნის, მარჯანი, მარჯნისფერიGeorgian
- 산호, 珊瑚, 산호색Korean
- corallium, sericumLatin
- koralinis, koralinis rifas, koralų, koralų spalva, koralas, koralų rifas, koralų spalvosLithuanian
- batu karangMalay
- koraal, koraalrood, koraalrode, koraal-, koraalrifDutch
- koral, koralowiec, koralowy, koralowinaPolish
- coral, coralinoPortuguese
- coral, coraliu, coraiRomanian
- коралл, коралловый риф, коралловыйRussian
- ปะการัง, กัลปังหาThai
- 珊瑚, san hôVietnamese
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