• WordNet 3.6
    • n nummulite large fossil protozoan of the Tertiary period
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Nummulite (Paleon) A fossil of the genus Nummulites and allied genera.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nummulite A member of the genus Nummulites or family Nummulitidæ: used in a broad sense, generally in the plural, for a fossil nummuline shell of almost any kind. Nummulites comprise a great variety of fossil foraminifers having externally somewhat the appearance of a piece of money (hence their name), without any apparent opening, and internally a spiral cavity, divided by partitions into numerous chambers, communicating with each other by means of small openings. They vary in size from less than ⅛ inch to 1½ inches in diameter. Nummulites occupy an important place in the history of fossil shells. See nummulitic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Nummulite a fossil shell resembling a coin
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. nummus, a coin + -lite,: cf. F. nummulite,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. nummus, a coin.


In literature:

The pyramids are built of this nummulitic limestone.
"The Story of Evolution" by Joseph McCabe
N. Nummulitic limestone of hill of Fajoles.
"The Geological Evidence of The Antiquity of Man" by Charles Lyell
Had he, for example, used Nummulitic beds for his party?
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 156, March 19, 1919" by Various
Durand finds nummulites, but thinks them brought down by the river.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
Nummulitic beds of Himalaya, 138.
"The Birth-Time of the World and Other Scientific Essays" by J. (John) Joly
The Eocene beds are marine and contain nummulites.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
Genres Nummulites, Lituola, Spirolina.
"Lamarck, the Founder of Evolution" by Alpheus Spring Packard
Whole mountains are sometimes found to consist of a single species of fossil goniatites, trilobites, or nummulites.
"The World's Greatest Books - Volume 15 - Science" by Various
The Eocene beds are nummulitic.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
Nummulites and other foraminifera also occur.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 3" by Various
In the same year, with Jules Haime (1824-1856), he published a monograph on the Nummulitic formation of India.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 4" by Various
The overlying Tertiary series includes nummulitic beds and valuable seams of coal.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7" by Various
Orbitoidal, or so called nummulitic limestone.
"A Manual of Elementary Geology" by Charles Lyell
Below these limestones are the nummulitic sands of Cuise and Soissons.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 6" by Various
The recess was formed in nummulitic limestone.
"A Manual of the Antiquity of Man" by J. P. MacLean
Eocene nummulitic beds occur, but the deposits are mostly of Miocene age.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 8" by Various
The stones of which some of the Egyptian pyramids are built consist of such nummulitic limestone.
"The History of Creation, Vol. II (of 2)" by Ernst Haeckel
The pyramids of Egypt are built mainly of nummulitic limestone.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 16, Slice 6" by Various