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auriferous

[aw-rif-er-uh s] /ɔˈrɪf ər əs/
adjective
1.
yielding or containing gold.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; < Latin aurifer gold-bearing (see auri-1, -fer) + -ous
Related forms
nonauriferous, adjective
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  • The ore was argentiferous galena with some auriferous pyrite and sphalerite.
  • The potential for finding auriferous submarine beach or relict nearshore deposits therefore is great.
  • auriferous deposits occur in connection with some of the igneous granite and syenite rocks.
  • Hence, prior to amalgamation, auriferous ore is typically washed and ground to remove any films on the precious metal particles.
  • Hence, prior to amalgamation, auriferous ore is typically washed and ground to remove any films on the precious-metal particles.
  • Ambiguous early descriptions suggest that the prospect is an auriferous lode deposit.
British Dictionary definitions for auriferous

auriferous

/ɔːˈrɪfərəs/
adjective
1.
(of rock) containing gold; gold-bearing
Word Origin
C18: from Latin aurifer gold-bearing, from aurum gold + ferre to bear
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Word Origin and History for auriferous
adj.

"containing gold," 1727, from Latin aurifer "gold-bearing," from auri-, comb. form of aurum "gold" (see aureate) + -fer "producing, bearing" (see infer).

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