Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of numerous extinct marine arthropods of the class Trilobita, of the Paleozoic Era, having a segmented body divided by grooves into three longitudinal lobes and found as fossils throughout the world.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Any member of the Trilobita: so called from the three lobes or main divisions of the body—cephalic, thoracic, and abdominal. See Trilobita.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Paleon.) Any one of numerous species of extinct arthropods belonging to the order Trilobita. Trilobites were very common in the Silurian and Devonian periods, but became extinct at the close of the Paleozoic. So named from the three lobes usually seen on each segment.

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  • noun biology An extinct arthropod of the class Trilobita, whose body had three large lobes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an extinct arthropod that was abundant in Paleozoic times; had an exoskeleton divided into three parts

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin Trilobītēs, former class name, from Greek trilobos, three-lobed : tri-, tri- + lobos, lobe.]

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tri- + lobe + -ite

Examples

  • A trilobite is a tri-lobed water bugessentially from the prehistoric age, one of the first life forms of it's kind, and a cornerstone of anyone's fossil collection.

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  • A trilobite is a tri-lobed water bugessentially from the prehistoric age, one of the first life forms of it's kind, and a cornerstone of anyone's fossil collection.

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  • Millstone asked Freshwater several questions about another survey, in which students apparently were shown a prehistoric fossil called a trilobite and asked to describe it.

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  • The original Trilobite: The trilobite was a type of arthropod that vacuumed the ocean beds for small animals and particles about 250-560 million years ago.

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  • Showed her own questionnaire, she didn’t recall the trilobite exercise.

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  • Oh, and as promised, here's the "trilobite pr0n" illustration that Vince Locke sent, upon which I based "A Paleozoic Dreamquest."

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  • They start recording tomorrow, and need correct pronunciations for trilobite names.

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  • Today, I'll be starting a second piece for #45, based on an illustration by Vince Locke (I'll post the illustration tomorrow), but I think we're talking trilobite sex.

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  • Darwin predicted that precursors to the trilobite would be found in pre-Silurian rocks.

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  • Darwin predicted that precursors to the trilobite would be found in pre-Silurian rocks … Similarly, Darwin predicted that Precambrian fossils would be found.

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  • This Wikipedia article is delightfully illustrated. They should make a trilobite coloring book.

    September 3, 2008

  • I'd buy it.

    September 3, 2008