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A fossil articulate brachiopod of the genus Orthis, family Orthidae, or order Orthida, of the Palaeozoic era.
Of or relating to the family Orthidae or order Orthida of fossil brachiopods.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Smithsonian Institution Annual Reports. From scientific Latin Orthidae, family name from Orthis, genus name + -idae.
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