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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The leading genus of fossil foraminifers of the family Nummulinidæ, or typical of a family Nummulitidæ.
- n. Plural form of nummulite.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Paleon.) A genus of extinct Tertiary Foraminifera, having a thin, flat, round shell, containing a large number of small chambers arranged spirally.
“There is a rich invertebrate fauna with thousands of remains, large and small, of nummulites, molluscs, gastropods, bivalves, echinoids and crabs, which, with the remains of plants, permit reconstruction of the ecology and habitat of the animals.”
“Oolite found by Durand in a low range, standing by itself in the valley, it generally bears a vast quantity of nummulites and madrepores.”
“They are generally of a coarse breccia, the component parts principally limestone; abundance of nummulites.”
“Durand finds nummulites, but thinks them brought down by the river.”
“Other groups which once played a great _rôle_, are now wholly extinct; for instance, the trilobites of the primary, the sauria of the secondary, the nummulites of the tertiary periods.”
“The Eocene beds are marine and contain nummulites.”
“A part was compact and blue, very crystalline, and full of encrinitic fossils, and probably nummulites, but all were too much altered for determination.”
“The nummulites of the limestone are the only known means we have of forming an approximate estimate of the age of the”
“I was glad to find that you had arranged the nummulites with the tertiary rocks, so that the broad generalization I attempted in my last work on the Alps, Apennines, and Carpathians is completely sustained zoologically, and you will not be sorry to see the stratigraphical truth vindicated (versus E. de Beaumont and --).”
“I may mention in the passing, that some of the most ancient buildings of Egypt are formed of the Tertiary marine limestones of the country; the stones of the pyramids are charged with nummulites, known to the Arabs as "Pharaoh's beans;" and these organisms stand out in high relief on the weathered portions of the Great Sphinx.”
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