Meaning of “coral reef” in the English Dictionary

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"coral reef" in British English

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coral reefnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌkɒr.əl ˈriːf/ us /ˌkɔːr.əl ˈriːf/

Examples from literature

  • All along the coast of Madagascar are coral reefs. 
  • But when the tide is low, you can see a coral reef on Nikumaroro Island. 
  • Coral reefs are a great home for animals and plants. 
  • It’s 2,600 kilometers long, and it’s the world’s largest coral reef – and coral is a living thing. 
  • Look at the colors of this coral reef! 
  • Scientists study the ecology of Madagascar to learn how the warmer ocean affects the coral reefs. 
  • This is bad for coral, and so it’s bad for the animals on coral reefs, too. 

(Definition of “coral reef” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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