from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The hard outer cup of a coral polyp
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A mineral substance or petrifaction, in the form of coral.
- n. One of the individual members of a compound coral; or that part formed by a single coral animal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as corallinite.
- n. The calcareous secretion or hard skeleton of a single individual coral polyp in a composite coral mass, compound coral, or coral polypidom. Also called cup-coral.
This was hand-drawn (sort of rotoscoped/modified from an image of a leafy sea dragon I obtained permission to use from corallite [Jake Adams] at youtube), and will be cleaned up in Adobe Illustrator and then colored in Photoshop.
These pools were generally fringed with sea-weed, great greenish-brown fronds in one place, dark streaks of laver in another, and lower down the bottom would be all pink with the fine corallite, while all about the sea-anemones would dot every crack and hole, like round knobs of dark red jelly, where the water had left them high and dry, spread out like painted daisy flowers, where they were down in the pool.
Perhaps it would be a little shore crab that betrayed itself by scuffling down amongst the corallite or sea-weed, perhaps a little fierce-looking bristly fish, which shot under a ledge of the rock all amongst the limpets, acorn barnacles, or the thousands of yellow and brown and striped snaily fellows that crawled about in company with the periwinkles and pelican's feet.
Each individual polyp skeleton in the coral is known as a corallite.