- the coiled, chambered fossil shell of an ammonoid.
Origin of ammonite1
- a nitrogenous mixture consisting chiefly of dried animal fats, usually obtained from livestock carcasses, and used as a fertilizer.
Origin of ammonite2
- an inhabitant of Ammon.
- of or relating to the Ammonites.
Origin of Ammonite
Examples from the Web for ammonite
Ishmael may have been the son or grandson of some Ammonite princess.The Expositor's Bible
F. W. Farrar
The ammonite stem branched into a most luxuriant variety of forms.The Elements of Geology
William Harmon Norton
They are already scratching the ambitious itch of Tobiah, the Ammonite.A King of Tyre
James M. Ludlow
Tobiah, the Ammonite, was related to several Judan families.History of the Jews, Vol. I (of 6)
In the ornaments of the doorway we see the ammonite and medlar.The Cathedrals of Great Britain
P. H. Ditchfield
- any extinct marine cephalopod mollusc of the order Ammonoidea, which were common in Mesozoic times and generally had a coiled partitioned shell. Their closest modern relative is the pearly nautilus
- the shell of any of these animals, commonly occurring as a fossil
- an explosive consisting mainly of ammonium nitrate with smaller amounts of other substances, such as TNT
- a nitrogenous fertilizer made from animal wastes
Word Origin and History for ammonite
"cephalopod mollusk," 1758, from French (Breyn, 1732), "better established" [Century Dictionary] by French zoologist Jean Guillaume Bruguière (c.1750-1798) in 1789, from Medieval Latin (cornu) Ammonis "horn of Ammon," the Egyptian god of life and reproduction, who was depicted with ram's horns, which the fossils resemble. The resemblance also was noted in ancient times.
- Any of the ammonoids belonging to the order Ammonitida and living during the Jurassic and the Cretaceous Periods. Ammonites had a thick, very ornamental chambered shell with highly defined, wavy sutures between the chambers.