ammonite

[ UK /ˈæmənˌa‍ɪt/ ]
[ US /ˈæməˌnaɪt/ ]
NOUN
  1. one of the coiled chambered fossil shells of extinct mollusks
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How To Use ammonite In A Sentence

  • Some ammonites change considerably the shape of their terminal body chamber.
  • The children have dug up fossils of ammonites from millions of years ago.
  • It is said truly that the Ammonite, Orthoceras, and Nautilus of these ancient rocks were of the tetrabranchiate division, and none of them so highly organised as the Belemnite and other dibranchiate cephalopods which afterwards appeared, and some of which now flourish in our seas. The Antiquity of Man
  • When the tests for dimorphism are now applied to these adults, it is clear that they are in fact dimorphic in just the same manner as other Jurassic ammonites.
  • The legend of his inspiration, however, may be placed beside the story of how the saintly Abbess turned the snakes into the fossil ammonites with which the liassic shores of Whitby are strewn. Yorkshire
  • In the columns of rock and on the floors of the caves lie fossil sponges, the stromatoporoids, and the curled-up shells of ammonites.
  • Boundaries between the formations are all conformable but, in the absence of ammonites or microfossils, age control is not precise.
  • Some think it was penned upon occasion of the threatening descent which was made upon the land of Judah in Jehoshaphat's time by the Moabites and Ammonites, those children of Lot here spoken of (ver. 8), who were at the head of the alliance and to whom all the other states here mentioned were auxiliaries. Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume III (Job to Song of Solomon)
  • Bottom-dwelling shellfish, ammonites, etc., occur within this matrix as a distinguishable, generally macroscopic component.
  • Among Mollusks, the lower Bivalves, that is, the Brachiopods and Bryozoa, still prevailed, while Ammonites continued to be very numerous, differing from the earlier ones chiefly in the ever-increasing complications of their inner partitions, which become so deeply involuted and cut upon their margins, before the type disappears, as to make an intricate tracery of very various patterns on the surface of these shells. The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 70, August, 1863
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