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coralline

[kawr-uh-lin, -lahyn, kor-] /ˈkɔr ə lɪn, -ˌlaɪn, ˈkɒr-/
adjective
1.
composed of coral or having the structure of coral:
coralline limestone.
2.
3.
coral-colored; reddish-yellow; light yellowish-red; pinkish-yellow.
noun
4.
any red algae impregnated with lime.
5.
any of various corallike animals or calcareous algae.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; < Late Latin corallīnus coral red. See coral, -ine1
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Examples from the web for coralline
  • These corals and other calcifying marine life, such as coralline algae, are also the world's primary reef-builders.
  • Corals and coralline algae are responsible for the existence of the atoll.
  • The crustose coralline algal flora is characteristic of one that is highly grazed.
  • Encrusting sponges and coralline algae coat parts of this cobble field.
British Dictionary definitions for coralline

coralline

/ˈkɒrəˌlaɪn/
adjective
1.
Also coralloid. of, relating to, or resembling coral
2.
of the colour of coral
noun
3.
any of various red algae impregnated with calcium carbonate, esp any of the genus Corallina
4.
any of various animals that resemble coral, such as certain sponges
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin corallīnus coral red, from Latin corālliumcoral
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