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calamite


calamite


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Calamite  \Cal"a*mite\,  n.  [L.  calamus  a  reed:  cf  F.  calamite.] 
  (Paleon.) 
  A  fossil  plant  of  the  coal  formation,  having  the  general  form 
  of  plants  of  the  modern  {Equiseta}  (the  Horsetail  or  Scouring 
  Rush  family)  but  sometimes  attaining  the  height  of  trees,  and 
  having  the  stem  more  or  less  woody  within.  See  {Acrogen},  and 
  {Asterophyllite}.