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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.
The idea was put forward by Sheila Harris, who runs the knitting group, which was originally set up by Jenny Watts of Ammonite Yarns in Pontyclun.
The owners wanted to connect their home to the land and Sadler Brown's creative director Kevin Brown had the idea of basing it on a "Fibonacci spiral" inspired by an ammonite fossil.
We were talking to an architect and on our kitchen table was an ammonite fossil, and it evolved from that," explains Stephen.
The ammonite shell, found on their land in the Blackdown Hills, in Devon, inspired them to build a house that spiralled onto the landscape over two levels, mixing natural materials with cutting edge technology.
The Ammonite fauna from the Lower Triassic Mianwali Formation shows at least two episodes of radiation-extinction in the time interval from the Griesbachian to the early Spathian: within just three-to-four million years' time span.