Entry from British & World English dictionary
A fossil fish.
- The volume explains the forming process and delineates the categories and distribution of ichthyolites in China.
- But the weeks glided all too quickly away among the ichthyolites of Caithness and Cromarty, and the shells and lignites of Sutherland and Ross.
- It will be seen that the first-mentioned of these ancient ichthyolites bears a name compounded, though, in the reverse order, of exactly the same words.
Early 19th century: from ichthyo- 'fish' + Latin oleum 'oil' + lithos 'stone'.
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