Echinite

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Echinite (Paleon) A fossil echinoid.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n echinite A fossil sea-urchin. Echinites are found in all fossiliferous strata, but are most abundant and best preserved in the Chalk. The term is an indefinite one, these fossils being of various genera, as Goniocidaris, Echinothuria, etc. The Paleozoic echinites form an order Palæchinoidea, represented by such genera as Palæchinus, Eocidaris, etc. See cut under Echinothuriidæ.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Echinite a fossil sea-urchin
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. ├ęchinite,. See Echinus
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. echinos, a hedgehog, and derma, skin.