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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: an island consisting of a circular coral reef surrounding a lagoon

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Divehi (Indo-Aryan language of the Maldive Islands) atolu Date: 1625 a coral island consisting of a reef surrounding a lagoon

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. a ring-shaped coral reef enclosing a lagoon. Etymology: Maldive atolu

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Atoll A*toll", n. [The native name in the Indian Ocean.] A coral island or islands, consisting of a belt of coral reef, partly submerged, surrounding a central lagoon or depression; a lagoon island.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(atolls) An atoll is a ring of coral rock, or a group of coral islands surrounding a lagoon. N-COUNT

Moby Thesaurus

ait, archipelago, bar, cay, continental island, coral head, coral island, coral reef, holm, insularity, island, island group, islandology, isle, islet, key, oceanic island, reef, sandbank, sandbar



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