coral(redirected from true corals)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
Related to true corals: sea anemone
- the calcareous skeleton of certain COELENTERATES.
- the skeleton together with the animals which live in it and secrete it, the whole structure often forming a reef. The animals, usually anthozoans and hydrozans, have a POLYP structure.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005