American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various stony corals of the order Madreporaria, which includes the reef builders of tropical seas.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An animal, or a coral, of the genus Madrepora or family Madreporidœ; the polypite or the polypidom of a perforate madreporarian: a name loosely extended to any stone-coral with madre poriform cavities or openings. In true madrepore the animal or polypite is hexameral with twelve short tentacles, and the polypidom is of branching form and stony hardness. Madrepore coral consists of corbonate of as Carbonate of lime, with traces of animal matter, and is formed by gradual deposition in the tissues of the compound polyp, so that in course of time the whole presents the appearance of a number of polyps supported on an extraneous body. When the animal matter has been removed madrepore is of a white color, wrinkled on the surface, and full of little cavities, in each of which an individual polyp was lodged, the radiating septa of the cavities corresponding to the internal divisions of the animal. Madrepores raise up walls and reefs of coral rocks with considerable rapidity in tropical climates.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any coral of the genus Madrepora, a group of corals having calcareous skeletons aggregations of which form reefs and islands; formerly, often applied to any stony coral.
- n. corals having calcareous skeletons aggregations of which form reefs and islands
- From French madrépore, from Italian madrepora, from madre ("mother"), from Latin mater + poro ("pore"), from Latin porus (Wiktionary)
- Italian madrepora : madre, mother (from Latin māter, mātr-) + -pora (alteration of poro, tufa, pore, from Late Latin porus, passageway; see pore, or from Latin pōrus, calcareous stone, stalactite, from Greek pōros). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But in order to do this, he must have been thoroughly familiar with the enormous madrepore of the sewer in all its ramifications and in all its openings.”
“The sub-soil of Paris, if the eye could penetrate its surface, would present the aspect of a colossal madrepore.”
“This is a great mass of madrepore, and in the living state every one of the ends of these branches was terminated by a beautiful little polype, like a sea anemone, and all the skeleton was covered by a soft body which united the polypes together.”
““Still assuming that I am an individual, and human, and not a madrepore of linked beans.” byssus.”
““And once again, her skirt, the oriflamme of her hair – but seen, as always, from the back.” madrepore.”
“The number of houses in Souakin is about six hundred, of which two-thirds are in ruins, for the madrepore with which they are built soon decays, unless constantly kept in repair.”
“Those here are of reddish variegated, hardened sandstone, with madrepore holes in it.”
“Shaykh Nur had been ordered to take rooms for me in a vast pile of madrepore — unfossilized coral, a recent formation, — once the palace of Mohammed bin Aun, and now converted into a Wakalah.”
“No buildings of ancient date are observed in Djidda, the madrepore being of such a nature that it rapidly decays when exposed to the rain and moist atmosphere prevalent here.”
“As the branches are open, this would not be equivalent to more than half an inch in height of solid coral for the whole surface covered by the madrepore; and, as they are also porous, to not over three-eighths of an inch of solid limestone.”
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