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fossiliferous

[fos-uh-lif-er-uh s] /ˌfɒs əˈlɪf ər əs/
adjective
1.
bearing or containing fossils, as rocks or strata.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; fossil + -i- + -ferous
Related forms
nonfossiliferous, adjective
unfossiliferous, adjective
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Examples for fossiliferous
  • He gazes into a fossiliferous crystal ball to get an idea of what global warming will do to the world's biodiversity.
  • Composed of shale and much lesser fossiliferous limestone.
  • Two exposures of potentially fossiliferous rocks occur along the park's southern boundary.
British Dictionary definitions for fossiliferous

fossiliferous

/ˌfɒsɪˈlɪfərəs/
adjective
1.
(of sedimentary rocks) containing fossils
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Word Origin and History for fossiliferous
fossiliferous
mid-19c., from fossil + + -ferous "producing, containing."
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