calamite

[kal-uh-mahyt]
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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. calamata olive,
  2. calamian islands,
  3. calamine,
  4. calamine brass,
  5. calamint,
  6. calamitous,
  7. calamity,
  8. calamity jane,
  9. calamondin,
  10. calamus

Origin of calamite

1745–55; < New Latin Calamites the genus name, Latin calamītēs < Greek kalamī́tēs reedlike. See calamus, -ite1

Related formscal·a·mi·te·an [kal-uh-mahy-tee-uh n] /ˌkæl əˈmaɪ ti ən/, adjectiveca·lam·i·toid [kuh-lam-i-toid] /kəˈlæm ɪˌtɔɪd/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for calamite

calamite

noun

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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