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fossiliferous

[ fos-uh-lif-er-uhs ]
/ ˌfɒs əˈlɪf ər əs /
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adjective
bearing or containing fossils, as rocks or strata.
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Origin of fossiliferous

First recorded in 1840–50; fossil + -i- + -ferous

OTHER WORDS FROM fossiliferous

non·fos·sil·if·er·ous, adjectiveun·fos·sil·if·er·ous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for fossiliferous

fossiliferous
/ (ˌfɒsɪˈlɪfərəs) /

adjective
(of sedimentary rocks) containing fossils
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