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barrier reef

a reef of coral running roughly parallel to the shore and separated from it by a wide, deep lagoon.
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1795-1805 Unabridged
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barrier reef

a long narrow coral reef near and lying parallel to the shore, separated from it by deep water See Great Barrier Reef
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barrier reef  
A long, narrow ridge of coral that runs parallel to the mainland and is separated from it by a deep lagoon. Compare atoll, fringing reef.

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