bearing or containing fossils, as rocks or strata.
- non·fos·sil·if·er·ous, adjective
- un·fos·sil·if·er·ous, adjective
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How to use fossiliferous in a sentence
Somebody has styled fossiliferous rocks 'monuments of the felicity of past ages.'
Now, the fossiliferous strata of our globe afford similar proofs of varying climatic and physical conditions.Geology | James Geikie
The Upper Devonian is less fossiliferous, but contains some large trilobites, various marine shells, and some land-plants.Devonshire | Francis A. Knight
This survey has developed the older fossiliferous rocks, with a fullness and distinctness unknown elsewhere.The Uses of Astronomy | Edward Everett
Above is the hard fossiliferous limestone, which is a base-bed in Western Palestine.Palestine | Claude Reignier Conder
British Dictionary definitions for fossiliferous
(of sedimentary rocks) containing fossils
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