[ fos-uh-lif-er-uhs ]

  1. bearing or containing fossils, as rocks or strata.

Origin of fossiliferous

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

Other words from fossiliferous

  • non·fos·sil·if·er·ous, adjective
  • un·fos·sil·if·er·ous, adjective

Words Nearby fossiliferous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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


/ (ˌfɒsɪˈlɪfərəs) /

  1. (of sedimentary rocks) containing fossils

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