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reef is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of reef in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… travelers of the dangerous reef so up to …”

meanings of reef


  1. The itch; any eruptive skin disorder.
  2. A chain or range of rocks, sand, or coral lying at or near the surface of the water.
  3. A reef knot.
  4. A portion of a sail rolled and tied down to lessen the area exposed in a high wind.
  5. A large vein of auriferous quartz; hence, any body of rock yielding valuable ore.
  6. Dandruff.


  1. To take in part of a sail in order to adapt the size of the sail to the force of the wind.
  2. To move the floats of a paddle wheel toward its center so that they will not dip so deeply.
  3. To pull or yank strongly, especially in relation to horse riding.


  1. Scabby; scurvy.

reef frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word reef occurs in english on average 2.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics reef can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that reef can be often used in the following areas:

1) life, nature, and living environment;

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