metalliferous

[met-l-if-er-uh s]

Origin of metalliferous

1650–60; < Latin metallifer (see metalli-, -fer) + -ous
Related formsnon·met·al·lif·er·ous, adjective
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metalliferous

adjective
  1. containing a high concentration of metallic elementsa metalliferous ore

Word Origin for metalliferous

C17: from Latin metallifer yielding metal, from metallum metal + ferre to bear
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