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brain coral

n.
Any of several reef-building corals of various genera, especially Diploria, that form rounded colonies resembling the convolutions of the human brain.

brain coral

n
(Animals) a stony coral of the genus Meandrina, in which the polyps lie in troughlike thecae resembling the convoluted surface of a human brain

brain′ cor`al


n.
any reef-building coral of the genera Meandrina and Diploria, having a highly convoluted surface.
[1700–10]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brain coral - massive reef-building coral having a convoluted and furrowed surfacebrain coral - massive reef-building coral having a convoluted and furrowed surface
madrepore, madriporian coral, stony coral - corals having calcareous skeletons aggregations of which form reefs and islands
genus Maeandra, Maeandra - brain corals
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During the next 10 years, Sussman photographed 30 different ancient beings on all seven continents, ranging from lichens in Greenland to brain coral in the Caribbean Sea.
A chocolate-brown colony of brain coral, nearly 8 inches wide, has grown on the stony surface, its distinctive fleshy, serpentine folds nearly covering the rock.
Upstairs is a ramshackle collection of dusty curios; exotic shells, brain coral, feather headdress, armadillo shell and lion skin were once prized possessions of the artist.
Tobago's Japanese Gardens, off the western end of Goat Island, is a vibrant reef, bursting with colour, swaying reeds and 'dead man's fingers', and home to the largest brain coral in the world.
Hollowed-out brain coral can also hold a condo of antennae-protruding lobsters.
On other excursions we also saw humongous sponges, brain coral, pufferfish and boxfish.
This is because the causal effect of the temperature over the brain coral can be positive or negative; high or low temperatures (below or above 24 [degrees]C) can have negative effects, but temperatures near 24 [degrees]C are optimal to the development of brain coral, in other words, has a positive causal effect; something similar happens with salinity.
Swimmy and Happy always like to explore the strange brain coral with all its curvy and wavy bumps.