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. 
  • He found it a literal sandbank, surrounded by a coral reef mostly submerged. 
  • If this theory be correct, the absence of coral reefs round Trinidad may help to account for the fact stated by Mr. Joseph, that poisonous fish are unknown in that island. 
  • They wound their way among coral reefs and low islands scarcely visible above the water-line. 
  • This island is scarcely accessible by boats, on account of coral reefs that surround it. 
  • Towards morning, he steered out from among the dangerous coral reefs, and ran south straight before the wind. 

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

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