madrepora definition

  • noun:
    • A genus of reef corals abundant in tropical seas. It includes than one hundred and fifty species, almost all of which are elegantly branched.
    • the standard genus of Madreporid√¶, containing a few of the commonest madrepores, of various branched shapes, one of them a few of the most considerable reef-building corals. M. cervicornis is a species so called from its branching such as the antlers of deer.
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