- a fossil crinoid.
Origin of encrinite
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It contains very perfect remains of the encrinite, echinite, and some other fossil species.
Encrinite, en′kri-nīt, n. a common fossil crinoid, found thick in limestone and marble—called also Stone-lily.
- (in the US) a sedimentary rock formed almost exclusively from the skeletal plates of crinoidsSometimes shortened to: crinite
C19: from New Latin encrinus (from Greek en- ² + krinon lily) + -ite 1