metalliferous

[ met-l-if-er-uh s ]
/ ˌmɛt lˈɪf ər əs /
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adjective

containing or yielding metal.

Nearby words

  1. metallic luster,
  2. metallic soap,
  3. metallic wood-boring beetle,
  4. metallicize,
  5. metallide,
  6. metalline,
  7. metallist,
  8. metallize,
  9. metallo-,
  10. metallo-organic

Origin of metalliferous

1650–60; < Latin metallifer (see metalli-, -fer) + -ous

Related formsnon·met·al·lif·er·ous, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for metalliferous

metalliferous

/ (ˌmɛtəˈlɪfərəs) /

adjective

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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