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petroliferous

[pe-truh-lif-er-uh s] /ˌpɛ trəˈlɪf ər əs/
adjective
1.
(of a rock or geologic formation) containing or yielding petroleum.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; petrol(eum) + -i- + -ferous
Related forms
nonpetroliferous, adjective
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  • Freshly broken pieces of siltstone from this outcrop usually produce a distinct petroliferous odor.
  • Bubbles encountered during coring confirmed the presence of petroliferous gas.
  • Heath consists of gray limestone, petroliferous limestone and shale, and calcareous sandstone.

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