Calamite meaning

kălə-mīt
Any of various extinct, chiefly Carboniferous trees of the genus Calamites, anatomically similar to the modern-day herbaceous horsetails (Equisetum).
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An extinct paleozoic plant (order Calamitales) related to modern horsetails but growing to the size of a tree.
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A genus of extinct treelike horsetails, Calamites.
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Origin of calamite

  • New Latin Calamītēs genus name from Late Greek kalamītēs reedlike from Greek kalamos reed

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition