from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, consisting of, or producing coral.
- adj. Resembling coral, especially in color.
- n. Any of various red algae of the family Corallinaceae whose fronds are covered with calcareous deposits.
- n. Any of various organisms that resemble coral, such as certain bryozoans or hydrozoans.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of, relating to or pertaining to or resembling red algae of the family Corallinaceae.
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or resembling the material coral.
- adj. Describing rock formed from the skeletons of such algae.
- n. Any calcareous species of red algae of the family Corallinaceae.
- n. An animal that resembles such a coral.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Composed of corallines.
- n. A submarine, semicalcareous or calcareous plant, consisting of many jointed branches.
- n. Formerly any slender coral-like animal; -- sometimes applied more particulary to bryozoan corals.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Consisting of or containing coral; resembling coral; coral. Specifically
- Having a color somewhat resembling that of red coral; red, pinkish-red, or reddish-yellow.
- n. A seaweed with rigid calcareous fronds: so called from its resemblance to coral. See Corallina.
- n. A coral or other zoöphyte or actinozoan: a term extended also to polyzoans or moss-animalcules, and to some of the hydrozoans.
- n. [In this sense commonly corallin.] A dye, prepared commercially by heating together phenol, anhydrous oxalic acid, and oil of vitriol, and producing a very unstable color.
- n. Commercial rosolic acid.
French corallin, from Late Latin corallīnus, from Latin corallium, coral; see coral.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French corallin, from Latin corallinus, from corallium ("coral"), via Greek probably of Semitic origin. (Wiktionary)