belemnite


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bel·em·nite

 (bĕl′əm-nīt′)
n.
Any of a group of extinct squidlike cephalopod mollusks of the Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods, having a cone-shaped internal shell.

[New Latin belemnītēs, from Greek belemnon, dart; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots.]

belemnite

(ˈbɛləmˌnaɪt)
n
1. (Palaeontology) any extinct marine cephalopod mollusc of the order Belemnoidea, related to the cuttlefish
2. (Palaeontology) the long pointed conical internal shell of any of these animals: a common Mesozoic fossil
[C17: from Greek belemnon dart]

bel•em•nite

(ˈbɛl əmˌnaɪt)

n.
any cylindrical or conical fossil that represents the internal shell of a group of extinct cephalopods allied to the cuttlefish.
[1640–50; < French bélemnite < Greek bélemn(on) a dart, derivative of bállein to throw]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.belemnite - a conical calcareous fossil tapering to a point at one end and with a conical cavity at the other end containing (when unbroken) a small chambered phragmocone from the shell of any of numerous extinct cephalopods of the family Belemnitidaebelemnite - a conical calcareous fossil tapering to a point at one end and with a conical cavity at the other end containing (when unbroken) a small chambered phragmocone from the shell of any of numerous extinct cephalopods of the family Belemnitidae
Belemnitidae, family Belemnitidae - family of extinct Mesozoic cephalopods
fossil - the remains (or an impression) of a plant or animal that existed in a past geological age and that has been excavated from the soil
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It reminded me of a sepia painting I had once seen done from the ink of a fossil Belemnite that must have perished and become fossilized millions of years ago.
Both whole otoliths were ground to a fine powder, and isotopic ratio mass spectrometry was used for isotopic analysis of carbonates with Vienna Pee Dee Belemnite limestone as the standard.
The carbon isotopic composition was expressed in relation to the Pee Dee Belemnite standard (FARQUHAR et al.
Glauconitic sandstone and carbonaceous shale with occasional belemnite and ammonite were taken into account to mark the Chichali Formation.
13]C notation, in relation to the Pee Dee Belemnite (PDB) an international standard, with analyses deviation at the order of 0.
15] were expressed as parts per thousand (%) differences from the standard (5): Vienna Pee Dee Belemnite (vPDB) for [delta][sup.
13]C atoms than in the international standard Vienna Pee Dee Belemnite (VPDB).
Stable isotope ratios were reported in the 5 notation as the deviation from standards (Pee Dee Belemnite for [[delta].
The test results are given in the Pee Dee Belemnite (PDB) standard; the test temperature and humidity were 25[degrees]C and 60%, respectively.