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metalliferous

[met-l-if-er-uh s] /ˌmɛt lˈɪf ər əs/
adjective
1.
containing or yielding metal.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin metallifer (see metalli-, -fer) + -ous
Related forms
nonmetalliferous, adjective
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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.
British Dictionary definitions for metalliferous

metalliferous

/ˌmɛtəˈlɪfərəs/
adjective
1.
containing a high concentration of metallic elements: a metalliferous ore
Word Origin
C17: from Latin metallifer yielding metal, from metallum metal + ferre to bear
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