calamite

noun
cal·​a·​mite | \ ˈka-lə-ˌmīt How to pronounce calamite (audio) \

Definition of calamite

: a Paleozoic fossil plant (especially genus Calamites) resembling a giant horsetail

First Known Use of calamite

1825, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for calamite

New Latin Calamites, genus of fossil plants, from Latin calamus

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“Calamite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calamite. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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