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calamite

[kal-uh-mahyt] /ˈkæl əˌmaɪt/
noun
1.
any fossil plant of the genus Calamites and related genera of the Carboniferous Period, resembling oversized horsetails and constituting much of the coal used as fuel.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; < Neo-Latin Calamites the genus name, Latin calamītēs < Greek kalamī́tēs reedlike. See calamus, -ite1
Related forms
calamitean
[kal-uh-mahy-tee-uh n] /ˌkæl əˈmaɪ ti ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective
calamitoid
[kuh-lam-i-toid] /kəˈlæm ɪˌtɔɪd/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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calamite

/ˈkæləˌmaɪt/
noun
1.
any extinct treelike plant of the genus Calamites, of Carboniferous times, related to the horsetails
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin Calamītes type genus, from Greek kalamitēs reedlike, from kalamos reed
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