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the coiled, chambered fossil shell of an ammonoid.
a nitrogenous mixture consisting chiefly of dried animal fats, usually obtained from livestock carcasses, and used as a fertilizer.
an inhabitant of .
of or relating to the Ammonites.
Historical Examples

ammonites and belemnites are abundant and gasteropods are very common (Nerinea, Chemnitzia, Bourgetia, &c.).
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4 Various

When was it ever known that the ammonites proved wanting to their own interests?
The Works of Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe

Certain strata of Jurassic age are literally filled with ammonites, some shells being several feet in diameter.
Geology William J. Miller

He, after this, overthrew the ammonites, and appointed that they should pay tribute.
The Antiquities of the Jews Flavius Josephus

Moloch was a god of the ammonites, also worshiped among the Israelites.
Bible Myths and their Parallels in other Religions T. W. Doane

It was in the Jurassic that the ammonites reached their height.
The Elements of Geology William Harmon Norton

The most remarkable fossils in the Lower Greensand are the various genera and species of the ammonites and their kindred.
The Geological Story of the Isle of Wight J. Cecil Hughes

The ammonites did not wait for a formal declaration of war by David.
The Expositor’s Bible: The Second Book of Samuel W. G. Blaikie

And the ammonites gave gifts to Ozias: and his name was spread abroad even to the entrance of Egypt for his frequent victories.
The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version Various

Of this kind is the war of Jephthah against the ammonites, in defence of their borders.
The Rights of War and Peace Hugo Grotius

plural noun
(Old Testament) a nomadic tribe living east of the Jordan: a persistent enemy of the Israelites
any extinct marine cephalopod mollusc of the order Ammonoidea, which were common in Mesozoic times and generally had a coiled partitioned shell. Their closest modern relative is the pearly nautilus
the shell of any of these animals, commonly occurring as a fossil
an explosive consisting mainly of ammonium nitrate with smaller amounts of other substances, such as TNT
a nitrogenous fertilizer made from animal wastes

“cephalopod mollusk,” 1758, from French (Breyn, 1732), “better established” [Century Dictionary] by French zoologist Jean Guillaume Bruguière (c.1750-1798) in 1789, from Medieval Latin (cornu) Ammonis “horn of Ammon,” the Egyptian god of life and reproduction, who was depicted with ram’s horns, which the fossils resemble. The resemblance also was noted in ancient times.
Any of the ammonoids belonging to the order Ammonitida and living during the Jurassic and the Cretaceous Periods. Ammonites had a thick, very ornamental chambered shell with highly defined, wavy sutures between the chambers.

the usual name of the descendants of Ammon, the son of Lot (Gen. 19:38). From the very beginning (Deut. 2:16-20) of their history till they are lost sight of (Judg. 5:2), this tribe is closely associated with the Moabites (Judg. 10:11; 2 Chr. 20:1; Zeph. 2:8). Both of these tribes hired Balaam to curse Israel (Deut. 23:4). The Ammonites were probably more of a predatory tribe, moving from place to place, while the Moabites were more settled. They inhabited the country east of the Jordan and north of Moab and the Dead Sea, from which they had expelled the Zamzummims or Zuzims (Deut. 2:20; Gen. 14:5). They are known as the Beni-ammi (Gen. 19:38), Ammi or Ammon being worshipped as their chief god. They were of Semitic origin, and closely related to the Hebrews in blood and language. They showed no kindness to the Israelites when passing through their territory, and therefore they were prohibited from “entering the congregation of the Lord to the tenth generation” (Deut. 23:3). They afterwards became hostile to Israel (Judg. 3:13). Jephthah waged war against them, and “took twenty cities with a very great slaughter” (Judg. 11:33). They were again signally defeated by Saul (1 Sam. 11:11). David also defeated them and their allies the Syrians (2 Sam. 10:6-14), and took their chief city, Rabbah, with much spoil (2 Sam. 10:14; 12:26-31). The subsequent events of their history are noted in 2 Chr. 20:25; 26:8; Jer. 49:1; Ezek. 25:3, 6. One of Solomon’s wives was Naamah, an Ammonite. She was the mother of Rehoboam (1 Kings 14:31; 2 Chr. 12:13). The prophets predicted fearful judgments against the Ammonites because of their hostility to Israel (Zeph. 2:8; Jer. 49:1-6; Ezek. 25:1-5, 10; Amos 1:13-15). The national idol worshipped by this people was Molech or Milcom, at whose altar they offered human sacrifices (1 Kings 11:5, 7). The high places built for this idol by Solomon, at the instigation of his Ammonitish wives, were not destroyed till the time of Josiah (2 Kings 23:13).


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