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

  • n. An erosion-resistant marine ridge or mound consisting chiefly of compacted coral together with algal material and biochemically deposited magnesium and calcium carbonates.

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  • n. A mound or hummock of compacted coral skeletons

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  • n. a reef consisting of coral consolidated into limestone


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  • While it would be idle to particularise the different varieties of beche-de-mer, that lead such lowly lives in the coral reef here, there is one more conspicuous than the others, which may be referred to without presuming to trespass on the preserves of scientific inquirers.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • On the second day of the Mahallah's stopping there, a half gale arose, and the Tantah slipped off the coral reef into eighty fathoms of water.

    Three Months in the Soudan

  • To enumerate the smaller and lowlier of the many creatures that live on the coral reef would be a task utterly beyond ordinary capability.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber


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