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[ahr-juh n-tif-er-uh s] /ˌɑr dʒənˈtɪf ər əs/
containing silver; silver-bearing.
Origin of argentiferous
1795-1805; < Latin argent(um) silver + -i- + -ferous
Related forms
nonargentiferous, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for argentiferous
  • The three main ore-bearing minerals are argentiferous galena, sphalerite, and argentiferous tetrahedrite.
  • The mine worked a strong vein of quartz that carried values of argentiferous galena.
  • Also present are veins along aplitic intrusions containing argentiferous galena and tetrahedrite with bornite.
  • The ore was argentiferous galena with some auriferous pyrite and sphalerite.
  • Once extensive operations began, large bodies of argentiferous galena were found.
  • Some gold and argentiferous galena are also present.
  • argentiferous tetrahedrite is also abundant with a generally high silver content.
British Dictionary definitions for argentiferous


containing or bearing silver
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