Red coral

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Engraving of red coral
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A rare, red or pink coral of the genus Corallium, such as C. nobile found in the Mediterranean Sea. Red coral grows in thin twigs. It has been used for making jewelry, beads and small carved designs.

Synonyms and Related Terms

precious coral

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 235
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997