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[suh-lif-er-uh s]
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  1. containing or producing salt: saliferous strata.
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Origin of saliferous

First recorded in 1820–30; sal + -i- + -ferous
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Historical Examples

  • There is little to be said of the animals which belong to the Saliferous period.

    The World Before the Deluge

    Louis Figuier

  • It overlies a bed of saliferous sandstone which has been worked for salt.

  • In Cheshire and Lancashire the gypseous and saliferous red shales and loams of the Trias are between 1000 and 1500 feet thick.

British Dictionary definitions for saliferous


  1. (esp of rock strata) containing or producing salt
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin sal salt + ferre to bear
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