Definition of rudist in English:

rudist

Syllabification: ru·dist
Pronunciation: /ˈro͞odist
 
/
(also rudistid /ˈro͞odistid/)

noun

  • A cone-shaped extinct bivalve mollusk that formed colonies resembling reefs in the Cretaceous period.
    • Superfamily Rudistacea, order Hippuritoida
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    • An extinct group of Mesozoic bivalves, the rudistids, became closely adapted to a cemented mode of life: one valve became conical while the other formed a lid.
    • Cretaceous radiations of rudists were apparently initiated during periods of globally high sea level and the Lebanon decapod faunas are a part of this general increasing invertebrate diversity.
    • This member contains abundant and diverse mid-Cretaceous shallow-marine invertebrates, including reef corals and rudist bivalves.

Origin

late 19th century: from modern Latin Rudista (former group name), from Latin rudis 'rude'; for the variant spelling see -id3.

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