- any fossil plant of the genus Calamites and related genera of the Carboniferous Period, resembling oversized horsetails and constituting much of the coal used as fuel.
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Calamite, kal′a-mīt, n. a fossil plant abundant in the coal-measures, believed to be a kind of gigantic horse-tails (Equisetace).
- any extinct treelike plant of the genus Calamites, of Carboniferous times, related to the horsetails
C19: from New Latin Calamītes type genus, from Greek kalamitēs reedlike, from kalamos reed
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