fossiliferous

[fos-uh-lif-er-uh s]
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adjective

bearing or containing fossils, as rocks or strata.

Nearby words

  1. fossil energy,
  2. fossil fuel,
  3. fossil fuels,
  4. fossil gum,
  5. fossil record,
  6. fossilize,
  7. fossor,
  8. fossorial,
  9. fossula,
  10. foster

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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British Dictionary definitions for fossiliferous

fossiliferous

adjective

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

fossiliferous

adj.

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

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