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[ahr-juh n-tif-er-uh s]
  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


  1. containing or bearing silver
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