- containing or yielding metal.
Origin of metalliferous
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It also occurs in gneiss, and sometimes in metalliferous veins.
Traces of this metal, chiefly in the boulder form, are found in the metalliferous horizontal strata.
The occurrence of this metal in the copper-bearing and other metalliferous rocks of this region, may be confidently affirmed.
At Vanmater's, the metalliferous clay marl is overlaid by a grayish sedimentary limestone.
Granite, porphyry, and limestone are found here, as in the other metalliferous regions.A Report on Washington Territory
William Henry Ruffner
- containing a high concentration of metallic elementsa metalliferous ore
C17: from Latin metallifer yielding metal, from metallum metal + ferre to bear