[ kal-uh-mahyt ]
/ ˈkæl əˌmaɪt /
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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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Origin of calamite
OTHER WORDS FROM calamitecal·a·mi·te·an [kal-uh-mahy-tee-uhn], /ˌkæl əˈmaɪ ti ən/, adjectiveca·lam·i·toid [kuh-lam-i-toid], /kəˈlæm ɪˌtɔɪd/, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for calamite
Among tissue petrifactions there are many Calamite stems of various stages of growth.Ancient Plants|Marie C. Stopes
Calamite, kal′a-mīt, n. a fossil plant abundant in the coal-measures, believed to be a kind of gigantic horse-tails (Equisetace).
British Dictionary definitions for calamite
/ (ˈkæləˌmaɪt) /
any extinct treelike plant of the genus Calamites, of Carboniferous times, related to the horsetails
Word Origin for calamite
C19: from New Latin Calamītes type genus, from Greek kalamitēs reedlike, from kalamos reed
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