Definitions

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

  • n. A rocklike deposit consisting of the calcareous skeletons secreted by various anthozoans. Coral deposits often accumulate to form reefs or islands in warm seas.
  • n. Any of numerous chiefly colonial marine polyps of the class Anthozoa that secrete such calcareous skeletons.
  • n. The red-orange, pinkish, or white deposits secreted by corals of the genus Corallium, used to make jewelry and ornaments.
  • n. An object made of this material.
  • n. A deep or strong pink to moderate red or reddish orange.
  • n. The unfertilized eggs of a female lobster, which turn a reddish color when cooked.
  • adj. Of a deep or strong pink to moderate red or reddish orange.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hard substance made of the limestone skeletons of marine polyps.
  • n. A colony of marine polyps.
  • n. (colour) A somewhat yellowish pink colour, the colour of red coral.
  • adj. Made of coral.
  • adj. Having the yellowish pink colour of coral.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The hard parts or skeleton of various Anthozoa, and of a few Hydrozoa. Similar structures are also formed by some Bryozoa.
  • n. The ovaries of a cooked lobster; -- so called from their color.
  • n. A piece of coral, usually fitted with small bells and other appurtenances, used by children as a plaything.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A general term for the hard calcareous skeleton secreted by the marine cœlenterate polyps for their support and habitation (polypidom).
  • n. A child's toy, consisting of a branch of smooth coral with a ring attached, and usually with the addition of small bells and a whistle.
  • n. The unimpregnated roe or eggs of the lobster, which when boiled assume the appearance of coral.
  • n. A fleshy-leafed crassulaceous house-plant, Rochea coccinea, native of South Africa, bearing bright-scarlet flowers.
  • n.
  • Made of coral; consisting of coral; coralline: as, a coral ornament; a coral reef.
  • Making coral; coralligenous: as, a coral polyp.
  • Containing coral; coraled; coralliferous: as, a coral grove.
  • Resembling coral; especially, of the color of commercial coral; pinkish-red; red: specifically, in heraldry, used of that color when described in blazoning a nobleman's escutcheon according to the system of precious stones. See blazon, n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. marine colonial polyp characterized by a calcareous skeleton; masses in a variety of shapes often forming reefs
  • adj. of a strong pink to yellowish-pink color
  • n. a variable color averaging a deep pink
  • n. the hard stony skeleton of a Mediterranean coral that has a delicate red or pink color and is used for jewelry
  • n. unfertilized lobster roe; reddens in cooking; used as garnish or to color sauces

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin corallium, from Greek korallion.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek κοράλλιον (korallion, "coral"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Continuing notes on the zooxanthellae page... "The coral itself produces waste in the form of carbon dioxide, nitrates, and phosphates, all of which help the algae to grow. That tight waste-recycling chain is one of the primary reasons coral reefs are able to support such a dense and diverse population of creatures, despite residing in tropical waters, which are generally nutrient-poor. They are the cities of the sea."
    —Steven Johnson, The Ghost Map (New York: Penguin, 2006), 7

    October 1, 2008

  • I really wish that I didn't object to coral jewelry; it's so pretty!

    August 31, 2007