Definition of belemnite in English:

belemnite

Line breaks: bel¦em|nite
Pronunciation: /ˈbɛləmnʌɪt
 
/

noun

An extinct cephalopod mollusc with a bullet-shaped internal shell that is typically found as a fossil in marine deposits of the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.
  • Order Belemnoidea, class Cephalopoda: many genera
More example sentences
  • These turned out to be remains from the tentacles of extinct squid-like belemnites.
  • They included the great marine reptiles such as ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs, but also smaller creatures such as ammonites and belemnites - the precursor's of today's squid.
  • Urgonian facies are also characterized, negatively, by the absence of ammonites and belemnites.

Origin

early 17th century: from modern Latin belemnites, based on Greek belemnon 'dart'.

Definition of belemnite in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day keek
Pronunciation: kiːk
verb
peep surreptitiously