auriferous

[ aw-rif-er-uh s ]
/ ɔˈrɪf ər əs /

adjective

yielding or containing gold.

Nearby words

  1. auriculately,
  2. auriculin,
  3. auriculotemporal,
  4. auriculotemporal nerve,
  5. auriculoventricular,
  6. aurific,
  7. auriform,
  8. aurify,
  9. auriga,
  10. aurignac

Origin of auriferous

1720–30; < Latin aurifer gold-bearing (see auri-1, -fer) + -ous

Related formsnon·au·rif·er·ous, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for auriferous

auriferous

/ (ɔːˈrɪfərəs) /

adjective

(of rock) containing gold; gold-bearing

Word Origin for auriferous

C18: from Latin aurifer gold-bearing, from aurum gold + ferre to bear

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Word Origin and History for auriferous

auriferous

adj.

"containing gold," 1727, from Latin aurifer "gold-bearing," from auri-, comb. form of aurum "gold" (see aureate) + -fer "producing, bearing" (see infer).

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