Stony coral
Stony Ston"y, a. [Compar. {Stonier}; superl. {Stoniest}.] [AS. st[=a]nig. See {Stone}.] 1. Of or pertaining to stone, consisting of, or abounding in, stone or stones; resembling stone; hard; as, a stony tower; a stony cave; stony ground; a stony crust. [1913 Webster]

2. Converting into stone; petrifying; petrific. [1913 Webster]

The stony dart of senseless cold. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

3. Inflexible; cruel; unrelenting; pitiless; obdurate; perverse; cold; morally hard; appearing as if petrified; as, a stony heart; a stony gaze. [1913 Webster]

{Stony coral}. (Zo["o]l.) Same as {Stone coral}, under {Stone}. [1913 Webster]


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