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  1. a fossil crinoid.
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Origin of encrinite

1800–10; < New Latin encrin(us) (< Greek en- en-2 + krínon lily) + -ite1
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Historical Examples

  • It contains very perfect remains of the encrinite, echinite, and some other fossil species.

    Early Western Travels, 1748-1846 (Volume XXVI)


  • Encrinite, en′kri-nīt, n. a common fossil crinoid, found thick in limestone and marble—called also Stone-lily.

British Dictionary definitions for encrinite


  1. (in the US) a sedimentary rock formed almost exclusively from the skeletal plates of crinoidsSometimes shortened to: crinite
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin encrinus (from Greek en- ² + krinon lily) + -ite 1
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