Dictionary.com

metalliferous

[ met-l-if-er-uhs ]
/ ˌmɛt lˈɪf ər əs /
Save This Word!

adjective
containing or yielding metal.
QUIZ
TAKE JOY IN ACING THIS QUIZ ON “PRIDE” SYNONYMS
Hold your head up high as you embark on this quiz that explores some of the synonyms and meanings of “pride.”
Question 1 of 7
What does "dignity" mean?

Origin of metalliferous

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

OTHER WORDS FROM metalliferous

non·met·al·lif·er·ous, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use metalliferous in a sentence

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK