[ am-uh-noid ]

  1. any cephalopod mollusk of the extinct order Ammonoidea, from the Devonian to the Cretaceous periods, having a coiled, chambered shell.

Origin of ammonoid

1880–85; <New Latin Ammonoidea, equivalent to Ammon(ites) name of the order + -oidea-oidea; see ammonite2

Words Nearby ammonoid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Scientific definitions for ammonoid


[ ămə-noid′ ]

  1. Any of various extinct cephalopods of the subclass Ammonoidea living from the Devonian to the Cretaceous Periods. Ammonoids had a symmetrical, coiled, chambered shell with angular sutures between the chambers. They are closely related to the nautiloids, including the modern-day chambered nautilus.

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