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metalliferous

[met-l-if-er-uh s] /ˌmɛt lˈɪf ər əs/
adjective
1.
containing or yielding metal.
Origin of metalliferous
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin metallifer (see metalli-, -fer) + -ous
Related forms
nonmetalliferous, adjective
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metalliferous

/ˌmɛtəˈlɪfərəs/
adjective
1.
containing a high concentration of metallic elements: a metalliferous ore
Word Origin
C17: from Latin metallifer yielding metal, from metallum metal + ferre to bear
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