Meaning of spreite in English:


Pronunciation /ˈʃprʌɪtə/

nounplural noun spreiten, plural noun spreites

  • A banded pattern of uncertain origin found in the infill of the burrows of certain fossil invertebrates.

    ‘In the latter two ichnotaxa, the vertical spreite in the distal part of the structure is generated by the retrusive, axial migration of an upper, upward bending J-shaped tube.’
    • ‘Planolites, Diplocraterion and vertical and inclined burrows with spreite are common.’
    • ‘Sheeted traces with curved spreite have been described as Heimdallia from mid-Palaeozoic coarse sandstone units in the Beacon Supergroup and the Tumblagooda Sandstone.’
    • ‘It is in the nature of Diplocraterion to show truncation of the higher ends of tubes and spreite.’
    • ‘If these structures are actively back-filled as the organisms move through the sediment distinctive laminations termed spreite can be formed.’


1960s from German Spreite ‘layer, lamina’.