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[trahy-luh-bahyt] /ˈtraɪ ləˌbaɪt/
any marine arthropod of the extinct class Trilobita, from the Paleozoic Era, having a flattened, oval body varying in length from 1 inch (2.5 cm) or less to 2 feet (61 cm).
Origin of trilobite
1825-35; < New Latin Trilobites, equivalent to Greek trílob(os) three-lobed (see tri-, lobe) + -ītēs -ite1
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[trahy-luh-bit-ik] /ˌtraɪ ləˈbɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
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any extinct marine arthropod of the group Trilobita, abundant in Palaeozoic times, having a segmented exoskeleton divided into three parts
Derived Forms
trilobitic (ˌtraɪləˈbɪtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin Trilobītēs, from Greek trilobos having three lobes; see tri-, lobe
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Word Origin and History for trilobite

extinct marine arthropod, 1832, from Modern Latin Trilobites (Walch, 1771), from Greek tri- "three" (see three) + lobos "lobe" (see lobe); so called because its body is divided into three lobes.

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trilobite in Science
Any of numerous extinct and mostly small arthropods of the subphylum Trilobita that lived during the Paleozoic Era and are extremely common as fossils. Trilobites had a hard outer covering divided into three lengthwise and three widthwise sections. Their heads had two prominent compound eyes similar in structure to those of modern insects.
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