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  • n. Plural form of encrinite.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The prior form of Encrinus.


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  • All limestone rocks were formed under water, and are mainly composed of calcareous shells, corals, encrinites, and foraminfera -- the latter similar to the foraminfera of "Atlantic ooze" and of English chalk beds.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 829, November 21, 1891

  • Ammone; of the Anomia ampulla in the L. occhio di Pavone, so called from the circular form of the fossils whichever way the section is made; of encrinites, belemnites, and starfish, showing white or red on

    Roman Mosaics Or, Studies in Rome and Its Neighbourhood

  • I give to this second kind of fossil the name of _silicious fossils_, and examples of this kind are the different oysters ( 'des ostracites'), many terebratulæ ( 'des terebratulites'), trigoniæ, ammonites, echinites, encrinites, etc.

    Lamarck, the Founder of Evolution His Life and Work

  • "Thus the encrinites, the belemnites, the orthoceratites, the ostracites, the terebratules, etc., all animals which habitually live at the bottom, found for the most part among the fossils deposited on the point of the globe in question, are unimpeachable witnesses which attest that this same place was once part of the bottom or great depths of the sea."

    Lamarck, the Founder of Evolution His Life and Work

  • For ages upon ages the minute shields of infinite myriads of infusoria, and the stony stems of encrinites sunk into its depths, and there, under the vast pressure of its waters, hardened into limestone.

    Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry

  • First we are told of a time when carbonate of lime was formed in vast abundance at the bottoms of profound seas, accompanied by an unusually large population of corals and encrinites; while in some parts of the earth there were patches of dry land, covered with a luxuriant vegetation.

    Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation

  • The muschelkalk is almost a lias with encrinites; and quadersandstein (for there are doubtless many above the lias or limestone with gryphites) seems to me to represent the arenaceous layers of the lower shelves of Jura limestone.

    Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America, During the Year 1799-1804 — Volume 3

  • (Ammonitis nodosus, encrinites, Mytilus socialis): clayey marl is found at the two extremities of muschelkalk. (e) White sandstone, brittle sandstein, alternating with lias, or limestone with graphites;

    Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America, During the Year 1799-1804 — Volume 3

  • Some of them will turn out a disappointment; the belemnites and the amalekites and such will be failures, and they will die out and become extinct in the course of the nineteen million years covered by the experiment; but all is not lost, for the amalekites will develop gradually into encrinites and stalactites and blatherskites, and one thing and another, as the mighty ages creep on and the periods pile their lofty crags in the primordial seas, and at last the first grand stage in the preparation of the world for man stands completed; the oyster is done.

    Mark Twain: A Biography


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