noun Cor·dai·tes \ˌkȯ(r)dāˈītˌēz, kȯ(r)ˈdīt-\

Definition of Cordaites

  1. :  the type genus of Cordaitaceae comprising tall Paleozoic forest trees that superficially resembled the modern screw pines but structurally were intermediate in some respects between the cycadophytes and the more advanced coniferophytes

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Origin and Etymology of cordaites

New Latin, from August K.J.Corda †1849 Bohemian botanist + Latin -ites -ite

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