staghorn coral

noun
any of several stony corals of the genus Acropora, having the skeleton branched like the antlers of a stag.


Origin:
1880–85, Americanism

Example sentences
Signs posted along the ocean floor guide you through a forest of staghorn coral swarming with flamboyant fish.
Staghorn coral and a coral cross section, showing the skeletons that coral grow.
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