Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, consisting of, or producing coral.
  • adj. Resembling coral, especially in color.
  • n. Any of various red algae of the family Corallinaceae whose fronds are covered with calcareous deposits.
  • n. Any of various organisms that resemble coral, such as certain bryozoans or hydrozoans.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, relating to or pertaining to or resembling red algae of the family Corallinaceae.
  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or resembling the material coral.
  • adj. Describing rock formed from the skeletons of such algae.
  • n. Any calcareous species of red algae of the family Corallinaceae.
  • n. An animal that resembles such a coral.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Composed of corallines.
  • n. A submarine, semicalcareous or calcareous plant, consisting of many jointed branches.
  • n. Formerly any slender coral-like animal; -- sometimes applied more particulary to bryozoan corals.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Consisting of or containing coral; resembling coral; coral. Specifically
  • Having a color somewhat resembling that of red coral; red, pinkish-red, or reddish-yellow.
  • n. A seaweed with rigid calcareous fronds: so called from its resemblance to coral. See Corallina.
  • n. A coral or other zoöphyte or actinozoan: a term extended also to polyzoans or moss-animalcules, and to some of the hydrozoans.
  • n. [In this sense commonly corallin.] A dye, prepared commercially by heating together phenol, anhydrous oxalic acid, and oil of vitriol, and producing a very unstable color.
  • n. Commercial rosolic acid.

Etymologies

French corallin, from Late Latin corallīnus, from Latin corallium, coral; see coral.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French corallin, from Latin corallinus, from corallium ("coral"), via Greek probably of Semitic origin. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A smaller calculus, which has been called coralline, is also cylindroid, with a number of brown, rough, crystalline oxalate of lime branches and whitish depressions of carbonate.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

  • Hall-Spencer also noted that in acidic seawater a type of algae known as coralline algae - which act as the glue holding coral reefs together - are destroyed.

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  • These species that are found in coral reefs are called coralline algae.

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  • However, algae that secrete calcium carbonate, such as coralline red algae and an abundant calcifying green alga known as Halimeda, are almost always significant contributors as well.

    Coral reef

  • A large rosy oval with a coral fringe and then a reddish speckled border and a thin dusting of coralline, another selvage fading into lotioned whiteness.

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  • Ocean acidification has been shown to decrease the rate at which corals and coralline algae secrete their calcium carbonate skeletons.

    Coral reef

  • While many calcifying algae contribute particles that rapidly become reef sediments, coralline red algae often have an encrusting growth form that tends to act as a “glue” that holds the reef fragments and sediments together.

    Coral reef

  • There are also and about 75 small "coralline islands", that is an an island composed in part of coral sand and detritus

    Seychelles

  • I'm glad someone else realizes just how fantastic the 3-d was in coralline.

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  • Geography—note: 41 granitic and about 75 coralline islands

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  • 1543 TRAHERON Vigo's Chirurg. (1586) 436 Coraline, corolina, is thought to be Brion, which is mosse growing to stones in the sea, and killeth the worms of young children.

    May 9, 2008

  • Merriam-Webster Dicitonary

    noun
    Date: 1543
    1 : a coralline red alga
    2 : a bryozoan or hydroid that resembles a coral

    January 30, 2008