from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various stony corals of the order Madreporaria, which includes the reef builders of tropical seas.
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- n. A coral of the order Madreporaria
- n. Any stony coral.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. corals having calcareous skeletons aggregations of which form reefs and islands
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.