madrepore

madrepore

[mad-ruh-pawr, -pohr]
noun
any true or stony coral of the order Madreporaria, forming reefs or islands in tropical seas.

Origin:
1745–55; < French madrépore reef-building coral < Italian madrepora, equivalent to madre mother (< Latin māter) + -pora, for poro < Greek pôros kind of stone

madreporic [mad-ruh-pawr-ik, -por-] , madreporian [mad-ruh-pawr-ee-uhn, -pohr-] , adjective
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madrepore (ˌmædrɪˈpɔː)
 
n
any coral of the genus Madrepora, many of which occur in tropical seas and form large coral reefs: order Zoantharia
 
[C18: via French from Italian madrepora mother-stone, from madre mother + -pora, from Latin porus or Greek poros calcareous stone, stalactite]
 
madre'poral
 
adj
 
madreporic
 
adj
 
madreporitic
 
adj
 
madre'porian
 
adj

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