Origin of fossil
Examples from the Web for fossil
And given the current glut in fossil fuels, it might even be a better economic bet to wait a few years.
They believe that companies trafficking in fossil fuels will eventually face financial problems.
Under Mongolian law, any fossil specimen found in the Gobi Desert must stay in the possession of a Mongolian institution.Stopping the Million-Dollar Fossil Thieves: Illegal Trade Meets World of Insatiable Research|Scott Bixby|June 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But when it comes to energy, divestment from coal or fossil fuels is much more symbolic—and not very meaningful.
Divestment may an appealing short-term action for people concerned with the effects of coal and fossil fuels on the environment.
That its distinction is justifiable appears to be shown by the discovery in the same region of a fossil species, L. luganensis.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia|Frank Evers Beddard
It has been variously supposed to be a vegetable gum, a fossil, and an animal product.The Reason Why|Anonymous
Slieve League is capped by the remnants of outlying beds of lower carboniferous age, conglomerates, with fossil plant remains.Climbing in The British Isles, Vol. II|W. P. Haskett Smith
I shall write next from the fossil locality, which is said to be about forty miles from this.Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and The|William Griffith
In one of the many ravines examined, sandstone strata were discovered, in one of which there was a narrow seam of fossil plants.The Romance of Polar Exploration|G. Firth Scott
British Dictionary definitions for fossil
- a relic, remnant, or representation of an organism that existed in a past geological age, or of the activity of such an organism, occurring in the form of mineralized bones, shells, etc, as casts, impressions, and moulds, and as frozen perfectly preserved organisms
- (as modifier)fossil insects
- a person, idea, thing, etc, that is outdated or incapable of change
- (as modifier)fossil politicians
Word Origin for fossil
Word Origin and History for fossil
1610s, "any thing dug up;" 1650s (adj.) "obtained by digging," from French fossile (16c.), from Latin fossilis "dug up," from fossus, past participle of fodere "to dig," from PIE root *bhedh- "to dig, pierce."
Restricted noun sense of "geological remains of a plant or animal" is from 1736; slang meaning "old person" first recorded 1859. Fossil fuel (1835) preserves the earlier, broader sense.
Science definitions for fossil
Culture definitions for fossil
The evidence in rock of the presence of a plant or an animal from an earlier geological period. Fossils are formed when minerals in groundwater replace materials in bones and tissue, creating a replica in stone of the original organism or of their tracks. The study of fossils is the domain of paleontology. The oldest fossils (of bacteria) are 3.8 billion years old.