What does coral mean?

Definitions for coral
ˈkɔr əl, ˈkɒr-coral

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word coral.

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.

    Etymology: From κοράλλιον.

  2. coralnoun

    A colony of marine polyps.

    Etymology: From κοράλλιον.

  3. coraladjective

    Made of coral.

    Etymology: From κοράλλιον.

  4. coraladjective

    Having the yellowish pink colour of coral.

    Etymology: From κοράλλιον.

  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.

    Etymology: From coral.

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

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

  2. Coralnoun

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

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

  3. Coralnoun

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

    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.

Suggested Resources

  1. coral

    The coral symbol -- In this Symbols.com article you will learn about the meaning of the coral symbol and its characteristic.

  2. coral

    Song lyrics by coral -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by coral on the Lyrics.com website.

Matched Categories

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

Anagrams for coral »

  1. Carlo

  2. carol, Carol

How to pronounce coral?

How to say coral in sign language?


  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. David Wachenfeld:

    If the water temperature decreases, bleached corals can recover from this stress. It is important to remember that we had a mass bleaching event in 2020, but there was very low coral mortality.

  2. Craig Downs:

    You can have an El Niño climate change impact on a coral reef ; let's say it kills 40 % of the coral, but if you have swimmers there with sunscreen pollution, you're not going to have new generations coming in. So you're going to see the slow decline of the coral reefs in the area. And then you get an undersea, desolate landscape of just muck and mud and sand.

  3. Neo Mei Lin:

    What used to be really good coral reefs in there have definitely been decimated over the last two to three years.

  4. Daniel Whittle:

    Cuba is considered the crown jewel of the Caribbean, principally because of its incredible coral reef ecosystems, its mangroves, its sea grasses, healthy sharks mean healthy corals. Healthy corals mean healthy sharks.

  5. Jay Sirois:

    Essentially, what's happening is, two ingredients that are both safe and effective for use in sunscreen are being banned, essentially on the basis of a single study which claims that these ingredients harm coral reefs, this has to be viewed in the wider picture of the significant amount of evidence available that shows there are other, more important causes of coral decline such as global warming, overfishing, pollution and runoff.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for coral

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for coral »


Find a translation for the coral definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these coral definitions with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


    "coral." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 26 May 2022. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/coral>.

    Are we missing a good definition for coral? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Image or illustration of


    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing
    • A. flub
    • B. abet
    • C. abrade
    • D. monish

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for coral: