Definition of Precious coral
1. Noun. The hard stony skeleton of a Mediterranean coral that has a delicate red or pink color and is used for jewelry.
Lexicographical Neighbors of Precious Coral
Literary usage of Precious coral
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia by James Orr (1915)
"... or precious coral, Corallium rubrum, is confined to the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas. It is the calcareous axis of a branching colony of polyps. ..."
2. The Fisheries of the Bahamas by Augustus John Adderley (1883)
"... would be constantly liberated and distributed throughout the adjacent waters. In the writer's opinion, the precious coral of commerce (Corallium rubrum) ..."
3. Corals and Coral Islands by James Dwight Dana (1890)
"Here belongs the Corallium rubrum, or precious coral The polyp-crust or ... The precious coral is gathered from the rocky bottom of the borders of the ..."
4. The World Book: Organized Knowledge in Story and Picture edited by Michael Vincent O'Shea, Ellsworth D. Foster, George Herbert Locke (1917)
"precious coral. Though all coral formations are curious and interesting, only one, the precious coral, is of economic value. This is usually the madrepore, ..."
5. The Encyclopedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"The precious coral is found widespread on the borders and around the islands of the Mediterranean Sea. It ranges in depth from shallow water (25 to 50 ft. ..."
6. The Story of Life in the Seas by Sydney John Hickson (1898)
"Any expedition, however, fitted out for this purpose would end in disastrous failure, for the Precious-coral is not known to occur anywhere in the ..."
7. All about Gold, Gems, and Pearls (also Minerals Generally) in Ceylon and by A. M. Ferguson, John Ferguson (1888)
"In the common living Polypi, as in the case of the precious coral, ... The home of the precious coral is the Mediterranean, more especially on the African ..."