from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Any fossil crinoid; a stone-lily: a term especially applied to the ordinary stalked form with a cylindrical stem and well-formed arms.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Paleon.) A fossil crinoid, esp. one belonging to, or resembling, the genus Encrinus. Sometimes used in a general sense for any crinoid.
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- noun paleontology A
fossil crinoid, especially one belonging to, or resembling, the genusEncrinus.
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Then, silently and with great caution, Dummy led on along a wild chasm of the same nature as others they had passed, and formed, evidently during some convulsion, the encrinite marble of which the walls were composed matching exactly, and merely requiring lateral pressure and the trickling of lime-charged water to become solid once again.
The box, divided into compartments, transported Fergus as much as the encrinite; Valetta had a photograph-book, and, more diffidently, Gillian presented Aunt
England; its prevailing encrinite, _Ichthyocrinus lævis_, is scarce distinguishable from an encrinite which I have often picked up in the quarries of the "Wren's Nest" (_Ichthyocrinus pyriformis_); while its prevailing trilobite, _Phacops limulurus_, seems to be but a transatlantic variety of our well known _Asaphus (Phacops) caudatus_.