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coral

hard, rocklike structures formed by marine coelenterates; yellowish red
Not to be confused with:
choral – sung by or adapted for a chorus or choir
chorale – harmonized hymn; a chorus or choir
corral – an enclosure for livestock
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cor·al

 (kôr′əl, kŏr′-)
n.
1.
a. A rocklike deposit consisting of the calcareous skeletons secreted by various marine invertebrates, chiefly anthozoans. Coral deposits often accumulate to form reefs or islands in warm seas.
b. A polyp or colony of polyps of any of the numerous anthozoans that secrete a hard or flexible skeleton, especially the reef-building hard corals.
c. A polyp or colony of polyps of any of various hydrozoans that secrete hard skeletons, such as the fire corals.
d. The hard skeleton of various corals, especially of red corals of the genus Corallium, used to make jewelry and ornaments.
e. An object made of this material.
2. A deep or strong pink to moderate red or reddish orange.
3. The unfertilized eggs of a female lobster, which turn a reddish color when cooked.
adj.
Of a deep or strong pink to moderate red or reddish orange.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin corallium, from Greek korallion.]
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coral

(ˈkɒrəl)
n
1. (Animals) any marine mostly colonial coelenterate of the class Anthozoa having a calcareous, horny, or soft skeleton. See also stony coral, sea fan
2. (Zoology)
a. the calcareous or horny material forming the skeleton of certain of these animals
b. (as modifier): a coral reef. See also red coral
3. (Animals)
a. a rocklike aggregation of certain of these animals or their skeletons, forming an island or reef
b. (as modifier): a coral island.
4. (Jewellery)
a. an object made of coral, esp a piece of jewellery
b. (as modifier): a coral necklace.
5. (Colours)
a. a deep-pink to yellowish-pink colour
b. (as adjective): coral lipstick.
6. (Cookery) the roe of a lobster or crab, which becomes pink when cooked
[C14: from Old French, from Latin corāllium, from Greek korallion, probably of Semitic origin]
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cor•al

(ˈkɔr əl, ˈkɒr-)

n.
1. the hard, variously colored, calcareous skeleton secreted by certain marine polyps.
2. such skeletons collectively, forming reefs, islands, etc.
3. any of several solitary or colonial anthozoan marine polyps that secrete this calcareous skeleton.
4. a color ranging from reddish to pinkish yellow.
5. the roe of the lobster, resembling red coral when cooked.
6. something made of coral.
adj.
7. made of coral.
8. making coral: a coral polyp.
9. resembling coral, esp. in color.
[1275–1325; Middle English coral(l) < Latin corāll(i)um < Greek korallion red coral, perhaps < Semitic; compare Hebrew gōrāl pebble]
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cor·al

(kôr′əl)
1. Any of numerous small, sedentary animals that often form massive colonies in shallow sea water. They secrete a cup-shaped skeleton of calcium carbonate, which they can retreat into when in danger. Corals are cnidarians and have stinging tentacles radiating around their mouth opening. The tentacles are used in catching prey.
2. A hard, stony substance consisting of the skeletons of these animals. It is typically white, pink, or reddish and can form large reefs that support an abundance of ocean fish.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.coral - a variable color averaging a deep pinkcoral - a variable color averaging a deep pink
pink - a light shade of red
2.coral - the hard stony skeleton of a Mediterranean coral that has a delicate red or pink color and is used for jewelrycoral - 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
3.coral - unfertilized lobster roe; reddens in cooking; used as garnish or to color sauces
lobster - flesh of a lobster
hard roe, roe - fish eggs or egg-filled ovary; having a grainy texture
4.coral - marine colonial polyp characterized by a calcareous skeleton; masses in a variety of shapes often forming reefs
actinozoan, anthozoan - sessile marine coelenterates including solitary and colonial polyps; the medusoid phase is entirely suppressed
gorgonian, gorgonian coral - corals having a horny or calcareous branching skeleton
madrepore, madriporian coral, stony coral - corals having calcareous skeletons aggregations of which form reefs and islands
Adj.1.coral - of a strong pink to yellowish-pink color
chromatic - being or having or characterized by hue
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Translations
لوْن المَـرجـانمَرْجـانمَرْجَان
korálkorálová barva
koralkoral-koralrød
koralli
koralj
korallkorallpiros
kórallrauîbleikur litur
珊瑚
산호
koralaskoraliniskoralinis rifaskoralo spalvakoralų
koralliskoraļļkrāsakoraļļu-
koralová farba
korall
หินปะการัง
mercanmercan rengimercandan
san hô

coral

[ˈkɒrəl]
A. Ncoral m
B. CPDde coral, coralino
coral island Nisla f coralina
coral necklace Ncollar m de coral
coral reef Narrecife m de coral
Coral Sea NMar m del Coral
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coral

[ˈkɒrəl]
ncorail m
modif [necklace] → de corailcoral reef nrécif m coralien
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coral

n
Koralle f; coral necklaceKorallenkette f
(= colour)Korallenrot nt

coral

in cpdsKorallen-;
coral-coloured
adjkorallenfarbig
coral island
coral reef
nKorallenriff nt
Coral Sea
nKorallenmeer nt
coral snake
nKorallennatter f
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coral

[ˈkɒrl]
1. ncorallo
2. adj (island) → corallino/a
coral necklace → collana di corallo
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coral

(ˈkorəl) noun, adjective
1. (of) a hard substance of various colours, made up of skeletons of a kind of tiny sea animal. a necklace made of coral; a coral reef.
2. (of) an orange-pink colour.
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coral

مَرْجَان korál koral Koralle κοράλι coral koralli corail koralj corallo 珊瑚 산호 koraal korall koral coral коралл korall หินปะการัง mercan san hô 珊瑚
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coral

n coral m
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