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[o-sif-er-uh s] /ɒˈsɪf ər əs/
containing bones, especially fossil bones:
ossiferous caves and rock beds.
Origin of ossiferous
1815-25; < Latin ossi- (combining form of os) bone + -ferous Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And to the pre-glacial era that geologist referred most of the ossiferous caves and fissures.

    Prehistoric Man W. L. H. Duckworth
  • The ossiferous breccia differs from the bone-caves only in form.

  • This bed was covered with "made ground" of an ossiferous and vegetable character.

    Primitive Man Louis Figuier
  • These ossiferous remains are richest in the province of Buenos Aires and become somewhat less frequent in the north and west.

    Argentina W. A. Hirst
  • Lying beneath this ossiferous sand, were several flint axes of human workmanship.

  • Next he took up the exploration of ossiferous caves; and he began this work with that of Brixham, in Windmill Hill.

    Cornish Characters S. Baring-Gould
British Dictionary definitions for ossiferous


(geology) containing or yielding bones: ossiferous caves
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ossiferous in Medicine

ossiferous os·sif·er·ous (ŏ-sĭf'ər-əs)
Containing or producing bone.

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