- 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 ammonites
The Ammonites also paid tribute to Uzziah, for he became very strong.The Children's Bible
Henry A. Sherman
When was it ever known that the Ammonites proved wanting to their own interests?The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
He, after this, overthrew the Ammonites, and appointed that they should pay tribute.
And when he had done this, he came to the king of the Ammonites.
It was in the Jurassic that the Ammonites reached their height.The Elements of Geology
William Harmon Norton
- Old Testament a nomadic tribe living east of the Jordan: a persistent enemy of the Israelites
- 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 ammonites
"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.