containing or yielding metal.

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

nonmetalliferous, adjective Unabridged
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metalliferous (ˌmɛtəˈlɪfərəs)
containing a high concentration of metallic elements: a metalliferous ore
[C17: from Latin metallifer yielding metal, from metallum metal + ferre to bear]

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The ore is mixed with other metalliferous minerals, such as sphalerite, copper pyrites and iron pyrites.
The metalliferous deposits are small and have not been worked commercially.
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