Definition of Calamite

1. n. A fossil plant of the coal formation, having the general form of plants of the modern Equiseta (the Horsetail or Scouring Rush family) but sometimes attaining the height of trees, and having the stem more or less woody within. See Acrogen, and Asterophyllite.



Definition of Calamite

1. Noun. A genus of extinct treelike horsetails. ¹

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Definition of Calamite

1. an extinct treelike plant [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Calamite

calamaris
calamars
calamary
calamata
calamatas
calambac
calambour
calami
calamine
calamine lotion
calamined
calamines
calamining
calamint
calamints
calamite (current term)
calamites
calamitic
calamities
calamitous
calamitously
calamitousness
calamity
calamondin
calamondins
calamosaur
calamus
calamus oil
calamus scriptorius
calando

Literary usage of Calamite

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1. Fossil Plants: A Text-book for Students of Botany and Geology by Albert Charles Seward (1898)
"J /Transverse and longitudinal (radial) sections of a thick calamite 318 stem. ... Leaves of a calamite. (MS; 330 86. Transverse section of a calamite leaf ..."

2. The Testimony of the Rocks: Or, Geology in Its Bearings on the Two by Hugh Miller (1867)
"... the simplicity of their texture, and their abundance, give evidence of a low but not scanty Fig. 11. calamite? Of the Lower Old Red Sandstone. Fig. 12. ..."

3. Geology and revelation: or The ancient history of the earth, considered in by Gerald Molloy (1873)
"The calamite is another plant in which the Coal abounds. Its true botanical character is not yet clearly ascertained ; but it bears a general resemblance, ..."

4. Coal: Its History and Uses by Alexander Henry Green, Alfred Marshall, Sir Arthur William Rücker, Louis Compton Miall (1878)
"Restoration of part of stem of young calamite, showing a node and portions of two internodes. From Williamson (' Phil. Trans.' vol. clxi., pt. 2, 1871). ..."

5. Elements of Geology: Intended for the Use of Students by Samuel St. John (1854)
"One of the most common fossils of the coal strata is the calamite, so called from its reed-like appearance. It was cylindrical, gradually tapering to a ..."

6. Everyday Science (1898)
"3- A Piece of Shale with Impressions of Ferns and calamite Stems. you will almost certainly find a piece of stone like that represented in Fig. ..."

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