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Be*lem"nite (&?;), n. [Gr. &?; dart,
fr. &?; dart, fr. &?; to throw: cf. F.
bélemnite.] (Paleon.) A conical calcareous
fossil, tapering to a point at the lower extremity, with a conical cavity
at the other end, where it is ordinarily broken; but when perfect it
contains a small chambered cone, called the phragmocone, prolonged, on one
side, into a delicate concave blade; the thunderstone. It is the internal
shell of a cephalopod related to the sepia, and belonging to an extinct
family. The belemnites are found in rocks of the Jurassic and Cretaceous
ages. -- Bel*em*nit"ic, a.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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