Hippurites

noun

Hip·​pu·​ri·​tes
ˌhipyəˈrīt(ˌ)ēz
: a genus (the type of the family Hippuritidae) of aberrant marine bivalve mollusks that are confined to the Cretaceous and whose lower valve is conical, usually longitudinally ribbed, and attached by its apex and whose upper valve is depressed conic with a nearly central umbo
hippuritic
¦⸗⸗¦ritik
adjective
hippuritid
-¦rītə̇d
adjective or noun
hippuritoid
-¦rītˌȯid
adjective

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from hipp- + ur- (tail) + -ites

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“Hippurites.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hippurites. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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