Definitions

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  • n. A fossil consisting of the petrified teeth and palatal bones of fishes belonging to the family of Pycnodonts, whose remains occur in the oolite and chalk formations.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An old name for a fossil consisting of the petrified teeth and palatal bones of fishes belonging to the family of Pycnodonts (thick teeth), whose remains occur in the oölite and chalk formations; toadstone; -- so named from a notion that it was originally formed in the head of a toad.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Toadstone; a fossil consisting of the petrified teeth of Sphærodus, Pycnodus, and other Mesozoic ganoid fishes.

Etymologies

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Latin bufo toad and -ite. It was once believed to be formed in the head of a toad.

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