Meaning of steinkern

stein•kern

Pronunciation: (shtīn'kern", -kûrn", stīn'-), [key]
— n. Archaeol.
  1. the fossilized outline of a hollow organic structure, as a skull or a mollusk shell, formed when mud or sediment consolidated within the structure and the structure itself disintegrated or dissolved. Also called
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