Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fossil crinoid, especially one belonging to, or resembling, the genus Encrinus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fossil crinoid, esp. one belonging to, or resembling, the genus Encrinus. Sometimes used in a general sense for any crinoid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any fossil crinoid; a stone-lily: a term especially applied to the ordinary stalked form with a cylindrical stem and well-formed arms.

Etymologies

Ancient Greek in + a lily: compare French encrinite. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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 Black Tor A Tale of the Reign of James the First

  • The box, divided into compartments, transported Fergus as much as the encrinite; Valetta had a photograph-book, and, more diffidently, Gillian presented Aunt

    Beechcroft at Rockstone

  • 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_.

    The Testimony of the Rocks or, Geology in Its Bearings on the Two Theologies, Natural and Revealed

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.