- a fossil foraminifer of the genus Camerina (Nummulites), having a calcareous, usually disklike shell.
Origin of nummulite
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The nummulite limestone was undoubtedly oceanic, and the other shells contained in it are marine species.The Story of the Earth and Man
J. W. Dawson
The Eocene includes a series of sandstones and marls with lignite, and these are overlaid by nummulite limestones.
- any of various large fossil protozoans of the family Nummulitidae, common in Tertiary times: phylum Foraminifera (foraminifers)
Word Origin for nummulite
C19: from New Latin Nummulites genus name, from Latin nummulus, from nummus coin
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