Definition of calamitic in English:

calamitic

adjective

  • 1Palaeontology. Characteristic of or resembling fossil plants of the genus Calamites, which had distinctive grooved and jointed stems. Now rare.

  • 2Physical Chemistry. Designating a mesophase or liquid crystal consisting of cylindrical or rodlike molecules, or the molecules themselves.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Annals and Magazine of Natural History. From calamite + -ic.

Pronunciation

calamitic

/ˌkaləˈmɪtɪk/