coral reef
A calacareous mass formed by colonies of coral organisms; types include:.
1. Fringing reef, extending out to a quarter of a mile from shore.
2. Barrier reef, separated by a lagoon from a shore.
3. Atoll, a circular reef encircling a lagoon of water.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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