General English

General Science

  • noun a rock-like substance composed of the skeletons of dead polyps



  • The ovaries and eggs of the female lobster which turn a brilliant red when cooked and are used in the sauce to accompany lobster dishes

Origin & History of “coral”

Coral may ultimately be of Semitic origin (Hebrew gōrāl ‘pebble’ has been compared), but the first record we have of it is as Greek korállion, which came to English via Latin corallum or corallium and Old French coral. Until the 17th century, the word was applied exclusively to the red coral (Corallium nobile); hence its use, since the early 16th century, for a ‘rich red colour’.