|a coral reef close to the shore to which it is attached, having a steep seaward edge|
fringing reef [%PREMIUM_LINK%] (frĭn'jĭng) Pronunciation Key |
A coral reef formed close to the shoreline of an island or continent. Fringing reefs usually have a rough, tablelike surface that is exposed during low tide and a steep edge sloping toward the open water. Compare atoll, barrier reef.