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(Hellenistic κοράλ(λ)ιον (korállion), κουράλ(λ)ιον (kourállion), Latin curalium, corallium).

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A. General comments

The fact that coral does not consist of plants but of the calcareous skeletons of minuscule anthozoan coelenterates has only been known since the 19th cent. Theophrastus (De lapidibus 38), Pliny (HN 32,21-24, cf. Isid. Orig. 16,8,1), and Dioscorides (5,121 Wellmann = 5,138 Berendes) praise especially red coral, which was found …

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Hünemörder, Christian (Hamburg) and Pingel, Volker (Bochum), “Cor­al”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 21 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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