• WordNet 3.6
    • n 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 Belemnitidae
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Belemnite (Paleon) A conical calcareous fossil, tapering to a point at the lower extremity, with a conical cavity at the other end, where it is ordinarily broken; but when perfect it contains a small chambered cone, called the phragmocone, prolonged, on one side, into a delicate concave blade; the thunderstone. It is the internal shell of a cephalopod related to the sepia, and belonging to an extinct family. The belemnites are found in rocks of the Jurassic and Cretaceous ages.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n belemnite A straight, solid, tapering, dart-shaped fossil, the internal bone or shell of a molluscous animal of the extinct family Belemnitidæ, common in the Chalk and Jurassic limestone. Belemnites are popularly known as arrow-heads or finger-stones, from their shape; also as thunderbolts and thunder-stones, from a belief as to their origin. See Belemnitidæ.
    • n belemnite The animal to which such a bone belonged.
    • n belemnite Also called ceraunite.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Belemnite bel′em-nīt a fossil pointed like a dart, being the internal shell of a genus of cephalopods, formerly known as Thunder-bolt, Thunder-stone, Elf-bolt.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. , dart, fr. , dart, fr. , to throw: cf. F. bélemnite,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. belemnitēsbelemnon, a dart.


In literature:

The great cuttlefish-like Belemnites and the whole race of the Ammonites, large and small, are banished from the earth.
"The Story of Evolution" by Joseph McCabe
A genus allied to the Belemnites proper.
"The Ancient Life History of the Earth" by Henry Alleyne Nicholson
Fossils of the genus Belemnites and related genera are common, like the ammonites, near Trichinopoly, as well as in the Himalaya.
"Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official" by William Sleeman
Several of the small shells which resemble belemnites (Creseis) which were first taken on the 14th November 1837.
"Journals Of Two Expeditions Of Discovery In North-West And Western Australia, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Grey
Only the largest and heaviest belemnites are known as thunder stones; the smaller ones are more commonly described as agate pencils.
"Falling in Love" by Grant Allen
They rejoiced with Miss Lever, however, when she secured a fairly intact belemnite.
"The Luckiest Girl in the School" by Angela Brazil
It is the fossil commonly called the Belemnite, or finger-stone, and now known to be a shell.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
The uppermost strata of the Lower Chalk are known as the Belemnite Marls.
"The Geological Story of the Isle of Wight" by J. Cecil Hughes
In this there are no corals, but great abundance of cephalopoda of the genera Ammonite and Belemnite.
"A Manual of Elementary Geology" by Charles Lyell
The wonderful shell-fishes of the Ammonite group, and the cuttle-fishes of the Belemnite type, share the same fate.
"The Chain of Life in Geological Time" by Sir J. William Dawson
The learned call them Belemnites.
"Pine Needles" by Susan Bogert Warner
Belemnites have sometimes been sketched with fossil sepia, or india ink, from their own ink sacs.
"The Elements of Geology" by William Harmon Norton