Carboniferous [ kahr-b uh- nif-er- uhs ] SHOW IPA / ˌkɑr bəˈnɪf ər əs / PHONETIC RESPELLING Geology adjective noting or pertaining to a period of the Paleozoic Era, including the Pennsylvanian and Mississippian periods as epochs, occurring from 345 million to 280 million years ago. ( lowercase) producing carbon or coal. noun the Carboniferous Period or System.
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Origin of Carboniferous
) coal +
-ferous OTHER WORDS FROM Carboniferous post-Car·bon·if·er·ous, adjective pre-Car·bon·if·er·ous, adjective Words nearby Carboniferous carbon footprint
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How to use Carboniferous in a sentence British Dictionary definitions for Carboniferous (1 of 2) British Dictionary definitions for Carboniferous (2 of 2) adjective of, denoting, or formed in the fifth period of the Palaeozoic era, between the Devonian and Permian periods, lasting for nearly 64 million years during which coal measures were formed noun the Carboniferous the Carboniferous period or rock system
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Scientific definitions for Carboniferous The period of geologic time from about 360 to 286 million years ago. The term is used throughout the world, although this period of time has been separated into the Mississippian (lower Carboniferous) and Pennsylvanian (upper Carboniferous) in the United States. During this time, widespread swamps formed in which plant remains accumulated and later hardened into coal. See Chart at geologic time.
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