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ammonoid \ammonoid\ n. 1. one of the coiled chambered fossil shells of extinct mollusks; same as ammonite.

Syn: ammonite

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"cephalopod mollusk," 1758, from French (Breyn, 1732), "better established" [Century Dictionary] by French zoologist Jean Guillaume Bruguière (c.1750-1798) in 1789, from Medieval Latin (cornu) Ammonis "horn of Ammon," the Egyptian god of life and reproduction, who was depicted with ram's horns, which the fossils resemble. The resemblance also was noted in ancient times.


n. 1 An explosive prepared from ammonium nitrate; amatol 2 Any of an extinct group of cephalopods of the subfamily ''Ammonoidea''; a fossil shell of such an animal


n. one of the coiled chambered fossil shells of extinct mollusks [syn: ammonoid]

Ammonite (novel)

Ammonite is Nicola Griffith's first novel, published in 1992 (ISBN 978-0-345-37891-0). It won both the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) fiction, and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award for science fiction or fantasy that explores or expands our understanding of gender.

Ammonite (disambiguation)

Ammonites are an extinct group of marine animals. The term can specifically refer to members of:

  • Ammonoidea, a subclass
  • Ammonitida, an order
  • Ammonitina, a suborder

Ammonite may also refer to:

  • Ammonite (novel), a 1992 novel by Nicola Griffith
  • Amatol#Ammonite, an explosive substance
  • Ammon (nation), a people of the ancient Levant, mentioned in the Bible, or their Ammonite language
  • Ammonites (Book of Mormon), a people from the Book of Mormon
  • Ammonite Order, an architectural order featuring ammonite-shaped capitals
  • Ammonite (album), an album by the Japanese rock group Plastic Tree
Ammonite (album)

Ammonite is the twenty first album by the Japanese rock group Plastic Tree.

Usage examples of "ammonite".

She told Thenike about the dream of shells, and the ammonite, the way it sank into her hand, became part of her.

Then it shook the shell hard until the ammonite, still alive, tumbled out into the water, naked for the first time in its life.

A tube of muscle protruded from the opening, and a high-pressure stream of water pulsed out, jetting the ammonite up and into the blue waters.

In fact it was a fossilized ammonite, three hundred million years old.

Half-buried in the sand, about fifteen feet from the shore, was an ammonite shell.

It showed a man in antique clothing standing behind a fossil ammonite that almost reached his waist.

From the water beside it rose a pearly mass: the shell of an ammonite, but an ammonite the size of an island.

Lady, but the rippling tentacles of a great ammonite filled her mind instead.

In the mirror Ilna saw what the men saw: an ammonite whose coiled shell filled the room.

This junction produced a complicated pattern of lobes and saddles that is frequently seen in the ammonite fossils found today in Cretaceous marine deposits.

Probably these later types also depended heavily on shellfish for food: broken and punctured ammonite shells have been found in eastern marine beds also.

Rather than eight arms like an octopus or the ten of a squid, the ammonite waved more tentacles than Sharina could count in her brief glimpse.

She was a dark-skinned Ammonite, her eyelids blackened with kohl, her arms ajingle with crude golden bracelets in the shape of serpents, too many of them, and too noisily jingling, her hair a flamboyant red from the dye of the henna plant.

But the dark Ammonite returned to the mat of lionskin, her hair a garish tumult about her shoulders, and gazed at Saul with lovelorn eyes.

Also, Egyptian, Edomite, Ammonite, and Midianite, to say nothing of Philistine.