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Any of various extinct, chiefly Carboniferous trees of the genus Calamites, anatomically similar to the modern-day herbaceous horsetails (Equisetum).

[New Latin Calamītēs, genus name, from Late Greek kalamītēs, reedlike, from Greek kalamos, reed.]


(Plants) any extinct treelike plant of the genus Calamites, of Carboniferous times, related to the horsetails
[C19: from New Latin Calamītes type genus, from Greek kalamitēs reedlike, from kalamos reed]


(ˈkæl əˌmaɪt)

any fossil plant of the genus Calamites and related genera of the Carboniferous Period, resembling oversized horsetails.
[1745–55; < New Latin Calamites < Greek kalamitēs reedlike]
cal`a•mi′te•an, adj.
ca•lam•i•toid (kəˈlæm ɪˌtɔɪd) adj.
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