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madrepore

[mad-ruh-pawr, -pohr] /ˈmæd rəˌpɔr, -ˌpoʊr/
noun
1.
any true or stony coral of the order Madreporaria, forming reefs or islands in tropical seas.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; < French madrépore reef-building coral < Italian madrepora, equivalent to madre mother (< Latin māter) + -pora, for poro < Greek pôros kind of stone
Related forms
madreporic
[mad-ruh-pawr-ik, -por-] /ˌmæd rəˈpɔr ɪk, -ˈpɒr-/ (Show IPA),
madreporian
[mad-ruh-pawr-ee-uh n, -pohr-] /ˌmæd rəˈpɔr i ən, -ˈpoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for madrepore

madrepore

/ˌmædrɪˈpɔː/
noun
1.
any coral of the genus Madrepora, many of which occur in tropical seas and form large coral reefs: order Zoantharia
Derived Forms
madreporal, madreporic (ˌmædrɪˈpɒrɪk), madreporitic (ˌmædrɪpəˈrɪtɪk), madreporian, adjective
Word Origin
C18: via French from Italian madrepora mother-stone, from madre mother + -pora, from Latin porus or Greek poros calcareous stone, stalactite
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