Definition of corallite in English:



  • 1The cuplike calcareous skeleton of a single coral polyp.

    • ‘Daughter corallites possess relatively large diameters from the beginning, along with a robust colonial pattern.’
    • ‘The angle between offsets and parent corallites varies, even in the same division.’
    • ‘If I were to look at photographs of the deep structure of this piece, I'd see down into the level of the skeleton of each coral polyp, the corallite.’
    • ‘The fine skeletal structures of the corallites are typically obliterated; skeletons are composed of fine to coarse, neomorphic calcite.’
    • ‘Daughter corallites then turn vertically, giving the corallum a robust appearance.’
    1. 1.1 A fossil coral.


Early 19th century: from Latin corallum ‘coral’ + -ite.