How do you pronounce ammonoids and trilobites? These are ancient sea creatures.

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Trilobite literally means divided into three sections (lobes) - tri-lobite. So you might think it's pronounced try.LUH.bite, but it's actually pronounced TRY.luh.bite. But that information should be available in a dictionary, which is probably why someone voted to close this question.

  • I would say /ˈtrɪlə(ʊ)bʌɪt/ rather than /ˈtrʌɪlə(ʊ)bʌɪt/. This isn't a US/BR thing: the OED lists both pronunciations (with locally modified vowels) for both sides of Atlantic. – Colin Fine Apr 8 '16 at 12:57

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