[o-sif-er-uh s]


containing bones, especially fossil bones: ossiferous caves and rock beds.

Origin of ossiferous

1815–25; < Latin ossi- (combining form of os) bone + -ferous
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Examples from the Web for ossiferous

Historical Examples of ossiferous

  • This bed was covered with "made ground" of an ossiferous and vegetable character.

    Primitive Man

    Louis Figuier

  • The ossiferous breccia differs from the bone-caves only in form.

  • And to the pre-glacial era that geologist referred most of the ossiferous caves and fissures.

    Prehistoric Man

    W. L. H. Duckworth

  • These ossiferous remains are richest in the province of Buenos Aires and become somewhat less frequent in the north and west.


    W. A. Hirst

  • Lying beneath this ossiferous sand, were several flint axes of human workmanship.

British Dictionary definitions for ossiferous



geology containing or yielding bonesossiferous caves
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ossiferous in Medicine




Containing or producing bone.
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