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belemnite

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noun bel·em·nite \ˈbe-ləm-ˌnīt\

Definition of belemnite

  1. :  any of various extinct cephalopods (order Belemnoidea) that had large often bullet-shaped internal shells and were especially abundant in the Mesozoic era



Origin of belemnite

New Latin belemnites, from Greek belemnon dart; akin to Greek ballein to throw — more at devil


First Known Use: 1646


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