Definition of ammonite in English:

ammonite

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Pronunciation: /ˈamənʌɪt
 
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noun

  • An ammonoid fossil, especially one of a later type found chiefly in the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, typically with intricately frilled suture lines. Compare with ceratite and goniatite.
    • Typified by ammonoids of the order Ammonitida
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    • Argonauta shares other characteristics with some Jurassic and Cretaceous ammonites, namely multicuspid rachidial tooth on the radula.
    • The fossil content consists of ammonites, belemnites, brachiopods, echinoderms, bivalves, crinoids, gastropods, ostracodes and benthic foraminifers.
    • A feature of especial interest is that, while the youngest Triassic ammonites are quite rare, the oldest Jurassic ammonites are extremely abundant, entering the succession in a veritable flood.

Origin

mid 18th century: from modern Latin ammonites, from medieval Latin cornu Ammonis 'horn of Ammon', from the fossil's resemblance to the ram's horn associated with Jupiter Ammon (see ammoniacal).

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