Bufonite
Bufonite Bu"fon*ite, n. [L. bufo toad: cf. F. bufonite.] (Paleon.) An old name for a fossil consisting of the petrified teeth and palatal bones of fishes belonging to the family of Pycnodonts (thick teeth), whose remains occur in the o["o]lite and chalk formations; toadstone; -- so named from a notion that it was originally formed in the head of a toad. [1913 Webster]

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  • bufonite — (bu fo ni t ) s. f. Pierre à crapaud ; dent pétrifiée d un crapaud. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Latin, bufo, crapaud …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • bufonite — bu·fo·nite …   English syllables

  • bufonite —   n. toadstone …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • bufonite — ˈbyüfəˌnīt noun ( s) Etymology: Latin bufon , bufo toad + English ite : a fossil consisting of the petrified teeth and palatal bones of pycnodont fishes see toadstone …   Useful english dictionary

  • Toadstone — Toad stone , n. 1. (Min.) A local name for the igneous rocks of Derbyshire, England; said by some to be derived from the German todter stein, meaning dead stone, that is, stone which contains no ores. [1913 Webster] 2. Bufonite, formerly regarded …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Toadstone — A 1497 illustration by Johannes de Cuba, depicting the extraction and use of a toadstone The toadstone (not unlike the batrachite), also known as bufonite, is a mythical stone or gem thought to be found in, or produced by, a toad, and is supposed …   Wikipedia

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