from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of halcyonoids in which the skeleton, or coral (called organ-pipe coral), consists of a mass of parallel cylindrical tubes united at intervals by transverse plates. These corals are usually red or purple and form large masses. They are natives of the tropical parts of the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The leading genus of Tubiporidæ, or organ-pipe corals. T. musica is the best-known species. See cut in next column.
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The tubipora forms the transition to the serpula; for the characteristic of all zoophytes, namely, the star shape of their openings, here disappears, and the tubiporæ are distinguished from the rest of the corals by this very circumstance, that the hollow calcareous pipes are placed side by side, without interbranching.
The tubipora of the corals connects with the serpula of the conchylia.