from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to the lowest period of the Devonian age. (See the Diagram, under geology.) The Corniferous period has been so called from the numerous seams of hornstone which characterize the later part of the period, as developed in the State of New York.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Literally, producing or containing horn: applied, in geology, to a group of rocks belonging to the lower portion of the Devonian series, because they contain seams of hornstone.
- n. The group of rocks so characterized.
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The oil occurs in the corniferous limestone, and buildings constructed of this stone frequently exude petroleum in hot weather.
Dr.T. Sterry Hunt has regarded limestones, and especially the Niagara and corniferous, as the principal sources of our petroleum; but, as I have elsewhere suggested, no considerable flow of petroleum has ever been obtained from the Niagara limestone, though at Chicago and Niagara
The corniferous limestone is never more than fifty or sixty feet thick, and does not contain even one per cent. of hydrocarbons; and in southern
Falls it contains a large quantity of bituminous matter; also, that the corniferous limestone which Dr. Hunt has regarded as the source of the oil of Canada and Pennsylvania is too thin, and too barren of petroleum, or the material out of which it is made, to justify the inference.
Still retaining his Zimmerman and his senses, he looked down and beheld the corniferous quadruped gamboling playfully round his singular asylum.
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