brain coral
noun Date: circa 1711 a massive reef-building coral (as genus Diploria) having the surface covered by ridges and furrows

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  • Brain coral — Coral Cor al, n. [Of. coral, F, corail, L. corallum, coralium, fr. Gr. kora llion.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) The hard parts or skeleton of various Anthozoa, and of a few Hydrozoa. Similar structures are also formed by some Bryozoa. [1913 Webster] Note: The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Brain coral — Brain Brain (br[=a]n), n. [OE. brain, brein, AS. bragen, br[ae]gen; akin to LG. br[ a]gen, bregen, D. brein, and perh. to Gr. bre gma, brechmo s, the upper part of head, if [beta] = [phi]. [root]95.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Anat.) The whitish mass of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brain coral — n. a massive stony coral (genus Diploria or Meandrina) resembling the surface of a mammalian brain: see CORAL …   English World dictionary

  • Brain coral — Taxobox name = Brain coral image width = 240px image caption = Grooved brain coral, Diploria labyrinthiformis regnum = Animalia phylum = Cnidaria classis = Anthozoa subclassis = Hexacorallia ordo = Scleractinia familia = Faviidae familia… …   Wikipedia

  • brain coral — brain′ cor al n. ivt any reef building coral of the genera Meandrina and Diploria, having a highly convoluted surface • Etymology: 1700–10 …   From formal English to slang

  • brain coral — noun any of several species of coral in the shape of a brain …   Wiktionary

  • brain coral — noun a compact coral with a convoluted surface resembling that of the brain. [Diploria and other genera.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • brain coral — noun massive reef building coral having a convoluted and furrowed surface • Hypernyms: ↑stony coral, ↑madrepore, ↑madriporian coral • Member Holonyms: ↑Maeandra, ↑genus Maeandra …   Useful english dictionary

  • brain coral — any of several reef building corals of the genus Meandrina, having a highly convoluted and furrowed surface. [1700 10] * * * …   Universalium

  • Open brain coral — Green open brain coral Scientific classification …   Wikipedia

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