Definition of coral reef in English:

coral reef

noun

  • A ridge of rock in the sea formed by the growth and deposit of coral.

    ‘the small island is enclosed in the middle of the coral reef’
    • ‘In the warm shallow seas around deserted far-flung islands, we undertake an astonishing journey through still living and growing coral reefs.’
    • ‘Shot almost entirely on location on and around the Fiji islands, the film is alive with colorful coral reefs, majestic waterfalls and lush jungles.’
    • ‘On a global scale, coral bleaching is the largest threat to the world's coral reefs.’
    • ‘The protected coral reef is close enough to shore to explore in safety with a snorkel.’
    • ‘The Seychelles are volcanic islands and the coral reefs around them ensure that divers and snorkellers have much to marvel at under water.’
    • ‘Some Navy bombs never exploded when fired, dropping instead into the shallow ocean water and remaining there, lying on the coral reef or resting on the ocean floor.’
    • ‘When properly protected, coral reefs can apparently recover quite quickly.’
    • ‘Coral reefs provide protection to coastal areas and protect delicate coastal wetlands and mangrove swamps from storms.’
    • ‘Divers can still explore coral reefs and swim with shoals of fish and even sharks.’
    • ‘The British Navy had erected this lighthouse there in colonial days to warn frigates away from the coral reefs.’
    • ‘Offshore drilling would damage coral reefs and mangrove swamps and threaten endangered sea life.’
    • ‘The 1,000 - acre island has three miles of white sandy beaches surrounded by coral reefs and turquoise waters.’
    • ‘Coral reefs are among the world's most productive ecosystems.’
    • ‘Surely, people would not knowingly live in ways that threaten polar bears or coral reefs.’
    • ‘Last week we went swimming at night in a bay where I carefully wriggled my way in the dark among some coral reefs where moray eels were sleeping.’
    • ‘"The concern is that coral reefs might pass a critical bleaching threshold beyond which they are unable to regenerate," Dekker concludes.’
    • ‘The acid environment is killing off coral reefs, shellfish and plankton, the basis for nearly all marine life.’
    • ‘Landing at Mauritius offers stunning views over the blue and green waters of the Indian Ocean and the deep hues of the coral reef.’
    • ‘Atauro is 25 kilometres long with a mountainous spine, narrow coastal plains, and fringed by some of the best coral reefs in the world.’
    • ‘Divers and naturalists rave about the pristine waters, coral reefs and untouched forests, while vulcanologists go weak at the mere thought of its many smoking peaks.’