fossil NOUN 1) the remains or impression of a prehistoric plant or animal embedded in rock and preserved in petrified form. 2) humorous an antiquated person or thing.
DERIVATIVES fossiliferous adjective fossilization (also fossilisation) noun fossilize (also fossilise) verb.
ORIGIN French fossile, from Latin fossilis 'dug up' .

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  • Fossiliferous — Fos sil*if er*ous, a. [Fossil + ferous.] (Paleon.) Containing or composed of fossils. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fossiliferous — by 1830, from FOSSIL (Cf. fossil) + ferous producing, containing, from ferre to bear (see INFER (Cf. infer)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • fossiliferous — [fäs΄əl if′ər əs] adj. [ FOSSIL + I + FEROUS] containing fossils …   English World dictionary

  • fossiliferous — adjective bearing or containing fossils fossiliferous strata • Pertains to noun: ↑fossil …   Useful english dictionary

  • fossiliferous — adjective Date: 1830 containing fossils …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fossiliferous — /fos euh lif euhr euhs/, adj. bearing or containing fossils, as rocks or strata. [1840 50; FOSSIL + I + FEROUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • fossiliferous — adjective Containing fossils …   Wiktionary

  • fossiliferous — bearing fossils Bearing and Carrying …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • fossiliferous — fos·sil·if·er·ous || ‚fÉ‘sɪ lɪfÉ™rÉ™s /‚fÉ’s adj. containing fossils, composed of fossils …   English contemporary dictionary

  • fossiliferous — [ˌfɒsɪ lɪf(ə)rəs] adjective Geology (of a rock or stratum) containing fossils or organic remains …   English new terms dictionary

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