staghorn coral
noun Date: 1884 any of several large branching corals (genus Acropora, especially A. cervicornis) that somewhat resemble antlers

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  • staghorn coral — [stag′hôrn΄] n. any stony coral (esp. Madrepore cervicornis) having a structure that somewhat resembles the antlers of a stag: see CORAL …   English World dictionary

  • Staghorn coral — Taxobox name = Staghorn Coral regnum = Animalia phylum = Cnidaria classis = Anthozoa ordo = Scleractinia familia = Acroporidae genus = Acropora species = A. cervicornis binomial = Acropora cervicornis binomial authority = Lamarck, 1816The… …   Wikipedia

  • staghorn coral — noun large branching coral resembling antlers • Syn: ↑stag s horn coral • Hypernyms: ↑stony coral, ↑madrepore, ↑madriporian coral • Member Holonyms: ↑Acropora, ↑genus Acropo …   Useful english dictionary

  • staghorn coral — any of several stony corals of the genus Acropora, having the skeleton branched like the antlers of a stag. Also, stag s horn coral. [1880 85, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • staghorn coral — stag′horn cor′al [[t]ˈstægˌhɔrn[/t]] n. ivt any of several stony corals of the genus Acropora, having the skeleton branched like antlers • Etymology: 1880–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • Staghorn — may refer to:*Staghorn coral, a branching coral *Rhus typhina, a shrub commonly called Staghorn sumac *Lycopodium clavatum, a moss commonly called Staghorn moss *Platycerium, a fern commonly called Staghorn fern *Pacific staghorn sculpin, a type… …   Wikipedia

  • Coral sand — from a beach on Aruba Coral sand is sand of particles originating in tropical and sub tropical marine environments from bioerosion of limestone skeletal material of marine organisms. One example of this process is that of parrot fishes which bite …   Wikipedia

  • Coral — For other uses, see Coral (disambiguation). Coral Pillar coral, Dendrogyra cylindricus Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • Coral reef — Marine habitats Biodiversity of a coral reef Lit …   Wikipedia

  • staghorn — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun 1. : a stag s horn used as a handle for a knife or for ornamental purposes 2. a. or staghorn moss : a club moss (Lycopodium clavatum) b. : staghorn fern …   Useful english dictionary

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