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[aw-rif-er-uh s]
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  1. yielding or containing gold.
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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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Related Words for auriferous

gilt, halcyon, aureate, gilded, aurelian, auric, auriferous, aurous, blond, blonde, dusty, honeyed, straw, tan, tawny, wheat, caramel, flaxen, ochroid

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Historical Examples of auriferous

  • He examined the auriferous facet with close scrutiny and satisfaction.

    The Golden Woman

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • The extraction of gold from auriferous rock is also known to the natives.

  • The upper course of the Xingu is auriferous and fed by numerous branches.


    Edith Wharton

  • The place which I know as auriferous is some miles distant, the way rugged.

    A Strange Story, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Footnote 2: Machines in which diggers wash the gold from the auriferous soil.


    B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon

British Dictionary definitions for auriferous


  1. (of rock) containing gold; gold-bearing
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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


"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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