nummulite

[nuhm-yuh-lahyt]
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noun

a fossil foraminifer of the genus Camerina (Nummulites), having a calcareous, usually disklike shell.

Nearby words

  1. numismatic,
  2. numismatics,
  3. numismatist,
  4. nummary,
  5. nummular,
  6. nummulitic,
  7. nummulitic limestone,
  8. numnah,
  9. numpty,
  10. numskull

Origin of nummulite

First recorded in 1805–15; nummul(ar) + -ite1

Related formsnum·mu·lit·ic [nuhm-yuh-lit-ik] /ˌnʌm yəˈlɪt ɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for nummulite

nummulite

noun

any of various large fossil protozoans of the family Nummulitidae, common in Tertiary times: phylum Foraminifera (foraminifers)
Derived Formsnummulitic (ˌnʌmjʊˈlɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for nummulite

C19: from New Latin Nummulites genus name, from Latin nummulus, from nummus coin

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