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Am·mon·ite

 (ăm′ə-nīt′)
n.
1. A member of a Semitic people inhabiting ancient Ammon, mentioned frequently in the Bible.
2. The Semitic language of the Ammonites.

[From Late Latin Ammōnītēs, the Ammonites, from Hebrew 'ammônî, Ammonite, from 'ammôn, Ammon, perhaps of Canaanite origin; see ʕmm in Semitic roots.]

am·mo·nite

 (ăm′ə-nīt′)
n.
1. An extinct cephalopod mollusk of the order Ammonitida of the Permian to Cretaceous Periods, having a thick, usually coiled shell characterized by intricate suture patterns where the septa between individual chambers join the outer shell wall.
2. An ammonoid.

[New Latin Ammōnītēs, from Latin (cornū) Ammōnis, (horn) of Amun, ammonite, genitive of Ammōn, Amun, from Greek : from Egyptian jmn.]

am′mo·nit′ic (-nĭt′ĭk) adj.

ammonite

(ˈæməˌnaɪt)
n
1. (Palaeontology) any extinct marine cephalopod mollusc of the order Ammonoidea, which were common in Mesozoic times and generally had a coiled partitioned shell. Their closest modern relative is the pearly nautilus
2. (Palaeontology) the shell of any of these animals, commonly occurring as a fossil
[C18: from New Latin Ammōnītēs, from Medieval Latin cornū Ammōnis, literally: horn of Ammon]
ammonitic adj

ammonite

(ˈæməˌnaɪt)
n
1. (Elements & Compounds) an explosive consisting mainly of ammonium nitrate with smaller amounts of other substances, such as TNT
2. (Elements & Compounds) a nitrogenous fertilizer made from animal wastes
[C20: from ammo(nium) + ni(tra)te]

am•mo•nite

(ˈæm əˌnaɪt)

n.
the coiled, chambered fossil shell of an ammonoid.
[1700–10; < New Latin Ammonites= Medieval Latin (cornū) Ammōn(is) literally, horn of Ammon1 + -ītes -ite1]
am`mo•nit′ic (-ˈnɪt ɪk) adj.
am•mon•i•toid (əˈmɒn ɪˌtɔɪd) adj.

Am•mon•ite

(ˈæm əˌnaɪt)

n.
a member of a Semitic people inhabiting ancient Ammon.
[1605–15]

am·mo·nite

(ăm′ə-nīt′)
Any of the coiled fossil shells of a group of extinct mollusks related to the nautilus. Ammonites were especially abundant during the Mesozoic Era.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ammonite - one of the coiled chambered fossil shells of extinct mollusksammonite - one of the coiled chambered fossil shells of extinct mollusks
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
Translations

ammonite

[ˈæməˌnaɪt] nammonite f
References in classic literature ?
Him the AMMONITE Worshipt in RABBA and her watry Plain, In ARGOB and in BASAN, to the stream Of utmost ARNON.
Through the strange women clustering at the corners I took my way,--women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites,--and I thought, as I looked into their poor painted faces,--faces but half human, vampirish faces, faces already waxen with the look of the grave,--I thought, as I often did, of the poor little girl whom De Quincey loved, the good-hearted little `peripatetic' as he called her, who had succoured him during those nights, when, as a young man, he wandered homeless about these very streets,--that good, kind little Ann whom De Quincey had loved, then so strangely lost, and for whose face he looked into women's faces as long as he lived.
When was it ever known that the Ammonites proved wanting to their own interests?
In some cases, however, the extermination of whole groups of beings, as of ammonites towards the close of the secondary period, has been wonderfully sudden.
With respect to the apparently sudden extermination of whole families or orders, as of Trilobites at the close of the palaeozoic period and of Ammonites at the close of the secondary period, we must remember what has been already said on the probable wide intervals of time between our consecutive formations; and in these intervals there may have been much slow extermination.
Jurassic ammonite fauna in the Amdo area, northern Tibet and its paleogeographic implications // Geological Bulletin of China.
Monochrome stripes and beach-inspired Ammonite patterns appear on a range of beach bags, women's swimwear and small leather accessories.
But you only find oysters and maybe one species of ammonite.
Non-renewable resources include 100 oil and gas wells, sand and gravel, coal, oyster shells and ammonite.
The fossilised shell of a 190 million-year-old Jurassic ammonite is a distant relative of octopus and squid, while a mammoth's femur literally brings the Ice Age to your finger tips.
The "trips" describe life for fish, arthropods, and plants in the early Devonian; an early Devonian land-based ecosystem connected to the ancient hot springs and geysers of Rhynie; the shore and fish life of an mid Devonian Orcadian lake; the causes of a mass kill of fish in the late Devonian; the environment of some of the last of the trilobites in the early Carboniferous; the shores of the Carboniferous sea, nearby swamps and forests, and the influence of active volcanoes on the forest; a dune system of the early Permian and its associated reptiles; a Jurassic seashore; ammonite habitats in the mid Jurassic; and the effect of a major tsunami on a late Jurassic landscape and its wildlife.
Ancient human communities are known to have collected and engraved ammonite fossils 25 000 years ago (Riek 1934; Lehmann 1981).