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staghorn coral

noun
1.
any of several stony corals of the genus Acropora, having the skeleton branched like the antlers of a stag.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85, Americanism

stag's-horn coral

[stagz-hawrn] /ˈstægzˌhɔrn/
noun
Origin
1880-85
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  • 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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