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[fos-uh-lif-er-uh s]
  1. bearing or containing fossils, as rocks or strata.
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Origin of fossiliferous

First recorded in 1840–50; fossil + -i- + -ferous
Related formsnon·fos·sil·if·er·ous, adjectiveun·fos·sil·if·er·ous, adjective
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Historical Examples of fossiliferous

  • The abnormal character of much of the fossiliferous deposits.

    Illogical Geology

    George McCready Price

  • Some kinds of deposits are more often fossiliferous than others.

  • The Metamorphic strata, why less calcareous than the fossiliferous.

  • It is fossiliferous, one of the commonest of its shells being the Terebratula.


    Herbert W Tompkins

  • They have yet another and fourth title, which is, Fossiliferous Rocks.

British Dictionary definitions for fossiliferous


  1. (of sedimentary rocks) containing fossils
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Word Origin and History for fossiliferous


by 1830, from fossil + -ferous "producing, containing," from ferre "to bear" (see infer).

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