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red coral

n.
Any of several corals of the genus Corallium, especially C. rubrum of the Mediterranean Sea, having a hard red skeleton that is valued for making jewelry and ornaments.

red coral

n
1. (Animals) any of several corals of the genus Corallium, the skeletons of which are pinkish-red in colour and used to make ornaments, etc. Also called: precious coral
2. (Jewellery) any of several corals of the genus Corallium, the skeletons of which are pinkish-red in colour and used to make ornaments, etc. Also called: precious coral

red′ cor′al


n.
any of several corals of the genus Corallium, as C. nobile, of the Mediterranean Sea, that has a red or pink skeleton and is used for jewelry.
[1275–1325]
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Noun1.red coral - the hard stony skeleton of a Mediterranean coral that has a delicate red or pink color and is used for jewelryred coral - the hard stony skeleton of a Mediterranean coral that has a delicate red or pink color and is used for jewelry
opaque gem - a gemstone that is opaque
2.red coral - corals of especially the Mediterranean having pink or red color used for ornaments and jewelry
gorgonian, gorgonian coral - corals having a horny or calcareous branching skeleton
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Over the years, Chii Lih Coral has played an influential role in repositioning the image and branding of precious corals.
We must act now to protect the country's precious corals and other marine wealth before they are lost forever," said Rep.
Red and pink corals, or Corallium rubrum, am called precious corals, as they are used for jewelry and their global trade is significant.
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The book consists of five detailed chapters on ecosystem-based management of marine microalgae and the bull kelp Nereocystis leutkeana, the ecology and management of temperate mangroves, the exploitation and conservation of precious corals, the biology of vestimentiferan tubeworms, and historical reconstruction of human-induced changes in US estuaries.
At Biscayne National Park in Florida, overfishing threatens fish populations, and pollution and anchors, fishing gear, and motorized boats are destroying precious corals and damaging segments of sea grass.
During this time, the only precious corals harvested locally were the black corals, Antipathes dichotoma and Antipathes grandis.
Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded Indiana University $300,000 to turn the Captain Kidd shipwreck site and three other underwater preserves in the Dominican Republic into no-take, no-anchor "Living Museums," where cultural discoveries protect precious corals and other threatened biology in the surrounding reef systems under the supervision and support of the Dominican Republic's Oficina Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural Subacuatico (ONPCS).
William Kidd shipwreck site and three other underwater preserves in the Dominican Republic are being turned into no-take, no-anchor "Living Museums," where cultural discoveries will protect precious corals and other threatened biology in the surrounding reef systems.
Precious corals have been used by humans for the fabrication of coral jewelry since antiquity (Grigg, 1989).
Black coral is one of the several types of precious corals that can be polished to a high sheen, worked into artistic sculptures and used in inlaid jewelry.
The pieces will be auctioned online to benefit increased protection of precious corals.