cal·​a·​mite ˈka-lə-ˌmīt How to pronounce calamite (audio)
: a Paleozoic fossil plant (especially genus Calamites) resembling a giant horsetail

Word History


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

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of calamite was in 1825

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Cite this Entry

“Calamite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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