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tri·lo·bite

 (trī′lə-bīt′)
n.
Any of numerous extinct marine arthropods of the class Trilobita, of the Paleozoic Era, having a segmented body divided by grooves into three longitudinal lobes and found as fossils throughout the world.

[New Latin Trilobītēs, former class name, from Greek trilobos, three-lobed : tri-, tri- + lobos, lobe.]

tri′lo·bit′ic (-bĭt′ĭk) adj.

trilobite

(ˈtraɪləˌbaɪt)
n
(Palaeontology) any extinct marine arthropod of the group Trilobita, abundant in Palaeozoic times, having a segmented exoskeleton divided into three parts
[C19: from New Latin Trilobītēs, from Greek trilobos having three lobes; see tri-, lobe]
trilobitic adj

tri•lo•bite

(ˈtraɪ ləˌbaɪt)

n.
any marine arthropod of the extinct class Trilobita, from the Paleozoic Era, having a flattened oval body in three vertical segments.
[1825–35; < New Latin Trilobites= Greek trílob(os) three-lobed (see tri-, lobe) + -ītēs -ite1]
tri`lo•bit′ic (-ˈbɪt ɪk) adj.

tri·lo·bite

(trī′lə-bīt′)
Any of numerous extinct and mostly small arthropods that lived during the Paleozoic Era. Trilobites had a hard outer covering divided into three lengthwise and three widthwise sections. Horseshoe crabs are considered to be their closest living relatives.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.trilobite - an extinct arthropod that was abundant in Paleozoic timestrilobite - an extinct arthropod that was abundant in Paleozoic times; had an exoskeleton divided into three parts
arthropod - invertebrate having jointed limbs and a segmented body with an exoskeleton made of chitin
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How far off yet is the trilobite! how far the quadruped!
For instance, I cannot doubt that all the Silurian trilobites have descended from some one crustacean, which must have lived long before the Silurian age, and which probably differed greatly from any known animal.
The clampdown has made the town's most famous fossil, the trilobite - an early, crab-like insect that features on Dudley's coat of arms - very rare indeed.
(2005, table 5) listed nine trilobite taxa including information on their occurrences.
The researcher revealed that the fossil is more than 475-million years old and belongs to a long-extinct sea creature dubbed trilobite, ABC affiliate (http://www.wate.com/news/local-news/east-tennessee-girl-finds-475-million-year-old-fossil/1155880211) WATE.com reported.
Originally made of wood, in the fourteenth century, trilobite churches were made of stone and brick.
Previously Monomorphichnus has been attributed to the trilobite being dragged along the sediment-water interface by currents.
Offering kitschy sculptural reproductions of prehistoric scorpion and trilobite fossils found in the dry region between the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara--the kind sold to authenticity-hungry geology aficionados--Lying Stone Hearts (Fake Fossil Series, Two Scorpions and Trilobite), 2015, suggests that such forgery holds the promise of a postcolonial creativity no longer beholden to the West's ethnographic gaze.
She feels a kinship to the "ancestors of the trilobite," and she hallucinates insect companions throughout her daily life as a child.
This guide illustrates preserved Ordovician trilobites from the Paleozoic Era found in Southern Ontario, Canada, as well as neighboring Quebec and New York, including the Ordovician Konservat-Lagerstatten of Beecher's Trilobite Bed and the Walcott-Rust Quarry.
"I fell in love with trilobite fossils and geodes," she confesses.