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belemnite

Line breaks: bel¦em|nite
Pronunciation: /ˈbɛləmnʌɪt
 
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Definition of belemnite in English:

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
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'.

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