any of the flat, usually coiled fossil shells of an extinct order (Ammonoidea) of cephalopod mollusks dominant in the Mesozoic era
Origin of ammoniteModern Latin ammonites ; from Classical Latin (cornu) Ammonis, (horn) of Ammon ; from Jupiter Ammon, whose statues were represented with ram's horns
- An extinct cephalopod mollusk of the order Ammonitida of the Permian to Cretaceous Periods, having a thick, usually coiled shell characterized by intricate suture patterns where the septa between individual chambers join the outer shell wall.
- An ammonoid.
Origin of ammoniteNew Latin Amm&omacron;n&imacron;t&emacron;s, from Latin (corn&umacron;) Amm&omacron;nis, (horn) of Amun, ammonite, genitive of Amm&omacron;n, Amun, from Greek : from Egyptian jmn.
- A member of a Semitic people inhabiting ancient Ammon, mentioned frequently in the Bible.
- The Semitic language of the Ammonites.
Origin of AmmoniteFrom Late Latin Amm&omacron;n&imacron;t&emacron;s, the Ammonites, from Hebrew ‘ammônî, Ammonite, from ‘ammôn, Ammon, perhaps of Canaanite origin; see &ayin;mm in Semitic roots.
- Native or inhabitant of Ammon