[ shtahyn-kern, -kurn, stahyn- ]

  1. the fossilized outline of a hollow organic structure, as a skull or a mollusk shell, formed when mud or sediment consolidated within the structure and the structure itself disintegrated or dissolved.

Origin of steinkern

<German Steinkern literally, stone, pit (of a fruit), equivalent to Steinstone + Kern core, kernel

Words Nearby steinkern Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023