- containing bones, especially fossil bones: ossiferous caves and rock beds.
Origin of ossiferous
1815–25; < Latin ossi- (combining form of os) bone + -ferous
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Examples from the Web for ossiferous
This bed was covered with "made ground" of an ossiferous and vegetable character.Primitive Man
The ossiferous breccia differs from the bone-caves only in form.The World Before the Deluge
And to the pre-glacial era that geologist referred most of the ossiferous caves and fissures.Prehistoric Man
W. L. H. Duckworth
These ossiferous remains are richest in the province of Buenos Aires and become somewhat less frequent in the north and west.Argentina
W. A. Hirst
Lying beneath this ossiferous sand, were several flint axes of human workmanship.A Manual of the Antiquity of Man
J. P. MacLean
- geology containing or yielding bonesossiferous caves
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- Containing or producing bone.
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