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[n] corals having calcareous skeletons aggregations of which form reefs and islands


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\Mad"re*pore\, n. [F. madrepore, perh. fr. madr['e] spotted, fr. OF. madre, mazre, a kind of knotty wood with brown spots, fr. OHG. masar a knot, grain, or vein in wood, a speck, G. maser + pore (see {Pore}); or perh. F. madr['e]pore is rather from It. madrepora, and this perh. fr. It. madre mother (see {Mother}) + Gr. ? a soft stone.] (Zo["o]l.) Any coral of the genus Madrepora; formerly, often applied to any stony coral.

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