Coral or Corral?
Coral or Corral?What is the difference between "coral" and "corrall"?
- "Coral" is a hard stony substance secreted by certain marine polyps.
- Ice ages have come and gone, but coral reefs have persisted. (Marine biologist Sylvia Earle)
- A "corral" is an enclosure for livestock. As a verb, "to corral" is "to round up" or "to put livestock in a corral."
More about "Coral" and "Corral"The words "coral" and "corral" look and sound similar, but their meanings are very different. With the stress on the first syllable, "coral" rhymes with "laurel" (as in "laurel wreath"). With the stress on the second syllable, "corral" rhymes with "morale" (as in "the soldiers' morale.")
CoralCoral is a noun. It refers to the colorful rock-like reefs found on sea beds.
Formal definition for coral: "A hard stony substance secreted by certain marine polyps as an external skeleton, typically forming large reefs in warm seas."
CorralAs a noun, "corral" refers to an enclosure for livestock. As a verb, it means "to round up" or "to put livestock in a corral."
Formal definition for corral: "A pen or enclosure for confining or capturing livestock."
As verb, "corral" is often used figuratively. For example:
- We're tasked with making decisions under uncertainty. How do you corral that uncertainty in a way to make more consistently better decisions? (Sportsman Paul DePodesta)
Corral: "A defensive enclosure"