: a genus of fossil corals of the Silurian and Devonian rocks having massive or branching bodies with compressed thin-walled corallites

Word History


New Latin, from Latin alveolus small cavity + New Latin -ites -ite

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Alveolites was in 1818

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“Alveolites.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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