Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having or forming a shell.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a shell (used especially of bivalve molluscs)
  • adj. Containing shells

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Producing or having shells.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Provided with a shell, as a mollusk; testaceous.
  • Pertaining to or having the characters of the Conchifera; bivalve, as a mollusk; lamellibranchiate.
  • Bearing or containing shells: as, “conchiferous deposits,”

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Examples

  • Chili, or anywhere on the western coast of South America, naturally led Mr. Darwin to the conclusion that "where the bed of the sea is either stationary or rising, circumstances are far less favourable than where the level is sinking to the accumulation of conchiferous strata of sufficient thickness and extension to resist the average vast amount of denudation."

    The Harvard Classics Volume 38 Scientific Papers (Physiology, Medicine, Surgery, Geology)

  • The absence of any deposits of importance containing recent shells in Chili, or anywhere on the western coast of South America, naturally led Mr. Darwin to the conclusion that ‘where the bed of the sea is either stationary or rising, circumstances are far less favourable than where the level is sinking to the accumulation of conchiferous strata of sufficient thickness and extension to resist the average vast amount of denudation.

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  • Item, in the adjoining pigeon-hole, a goodly collection of pebbles with holes in them, preserved for the same reason, in company with a crooked sixpence; item, neatly arranged in fanciful mosaics, several periwinkles, Blackamoor's teeth (I mean the shell so called), and other specimens of the conchiferous ingenuity of

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  • Amidst the first strata I suffered the watery action to expend itself upon cooling, crystallized masses; and by the time I had got him into the tertiary period, amongst the transition chalks of Maestricht and the conchiferous marls of Gosau, he was ready for a new wife.

    The Caxtons — Volume 09

  • Soc_., vol. vi.] [Footnote 165: See Darwin on the absence of extensive modern conchiferous deposits in South America, _Geological Observations_, pt. iii., ch. v.]

    The Andes and the Amazon Across the Continent of South America

  • Observations on South America, "1846) deals with the causes of the absence of recent conchiferous deposits on the coasts of South

    More Letters of Charles Darwin — Volume 2

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