stein kern


[shtahyn-kern, -kurn, stahyn-]
noun Archaeology.
the fossilized outline of a hollow organic structure, as a skull or a mollusk shell, formed when mud or sediment consolidated within the structure and the structure itself disintegrated or dissolved.
Also called endocast.

< German Steinkern literally, stone, pit (of a fruit), equivalent to Stein stone + Kern core, kernel Unabridged
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