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argentiferous

[ahr-juh n-tif-er-uh s]
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adjective
  1. containing silver; silver-bearing.
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Origin of argentiferous

1795–1805; < Latin argent(um) silver + -i- + -ferous
Related formsnon·ar·gen·tif·er·ous, adjective
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Examples from the Web for argentiferous

Historical Examples

  • The yield of the argentiferous and cupriferous ores, proved, alas!

    The Life of Sir Richard Burton

    Thomas Wright

  • The gold of Mexico is chiefly found in argentiferous veins, as at Guanaxuato, where it is obtained one ounce in 360.

  • The ores are argentiferous galena, accompanied by considerable amounts of blende and pyrites, all oxidized near the surface.

    De Re Metallica

    Georgius Agricola

  • There at present nothing is talked of but copper mines and silver or argentiferous copper ores.

    Canada and the Canadians

    Sir Richard Henry Bonnycastle

  • Lead ores (chiefly argentiferous galena) and building stone are found, and iron ore is distributed over the hilly country.


British Dictionary definitions for argentiferous

argentiferous

adjective
  1. containing or bearing silver
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