coral

Coral is a marine polyp with a calcareous skeleton that lives in colonies. You probably last saw coral while scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef. That or while looking at the coral necklaces in the beach shop.

Though coral looks like stone with little holes, it is actually a kind of sea polyp with a stony, hole filled skeleton. Sometimes the word coral refers to the skeleton itself. Because of the red color of Mediterranean coral, coral is also an adjective meaning pink-red. Shakespeare wrote: “My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun; Coral is far more “red than her lips' red.” Coral can also be a noun for unfertilized lobster eggs that turn red when cooking.

Primary Meanings of coral

1.
n
marine colonial polyp characterized by a calcareous skeleton; masses in a variety of shapes often forming reefs
2.
nadj
a variable color averaging a deep pink
of a strong pink to yellowish-pink color
3.
n
unfertilized lobster roe; reddens in cooking; used as garnish or to color sauces
Full Definitions of coral
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n marine colonial polyp characterized by a calcareous skeleton; masses in a variety of shapes often forming reefs

Types:
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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
sea feather
corals forming featherlike colonies
sea fan
corals having a treelike or fan-shaped horny skeleton
red coral
corals of especially the Mediterranean having pink or red color used for ornaments and jewelry
brain coral
massive reef-building coral having a convoluted and furrowed surface
stag's-horn coral, staghorn coral
large branching coral resembling antlers
mushroom coral
flattened disk-shaped stony coral (usually solitary and unattached)
Type of:
actinozoan, anthozoan
sessile marine coelenterates including solitary and colonial polyps; the medusoid phase is entirely suppressed

n the hard stony skeleton of a Mediterranean coral that has a delicate red or pink color and is used for jewelry

Synonyms:
precious coral, red coral
Type of:
opaque gem
a gemstone that is opaque
2

n a variable color averaging a deep pink

Type of:
pink
a light shade of red

adj of a strong pink to yellowish-pink color

Synonyms:
chromatic
being or having or characterized by hue
3

n unfertilized lobster roe; reddens in cooking; used as garnish or to color sauces

Type of:
hard roe, roe
fish eggs or egg-filled ovary; having a grainy texture

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