Definitions

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  • adj. containing or yielding bone

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Containing or yielding bone.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Producing or furnishing bones; containing bones; osseous: as, ossiferous breccia; an ossiferous cave.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. containing bones (especially fossil bones)

Etymologies

From Latin os, ossis ("bone") + -ferous: compare French ossifère. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • On the discovery of an ossiferous cavern of Pliocene age at Dove Holes, Buxton (Derbyshire).

    Archive 2006-03-01

  • To it also must be referred the _till_ of Scotland and the great brown clay of England, and our vast beds of gravel and superficial rubbish, connected with the deluvium in the history of _ossiferous caverns_, of which that examined by Dr. BUCKLAND at Kirkdale is an example.

    An Expository Outline of the "Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation" With a Notice of the Author's "Explanations:" A Sequel to the Vestiges

  • _Brixham Cave_, called also Windmill Hill Cavern, is a well-known ossiferous cave situated near Brixham, on the brow of a hill composed of

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3 "Brescia" to "Bulgaria"

  • It is just, at any rate, to recognize that even in his remotest resorts for temporary rest and retirement from the cares of government, he led the same kind of plain, modest life, spending all his leisure hours in arranging his collections of natural history, more especially the palaeo-ethnological or prehistoric, for which the ossiferous caverns of the Island of Capri supplied him with abundant materials.

    Seeing Europe with Famous Authors, Volume 7 Italy, Sicily, and Greece (Part One)

  • I am rather inclined to admit the existence of some animal resembling in structure the human race -- of some monkey of the first geological epochs, like that discovered by M. Lartet in the ossiferous deposit of Sansan.

    Voyage au centre de la terre. English

  • Besides the bear and hyena, upwards of a hundred species of extinct animals have been found in the ossiferous caves of Great Britain, among them being those of the elephant and a rhinoceros.

    The Mines and its Wonders

  • In carrying out this work, about 12 feet of the left bank was cut away, and a cavernous fissure, choked up to the roof with ossiferous loam, was then, for the first time, exposed to view.

    The Antiquity of Man

  • The late Dr. Schmerling of Liege, a skilful anatomist and palaeontologist, after devoting several years to the exploring of the numerous ossiferous caverns which border the valleys of the

    The Antiquity of Man

  • Brazil, the only equatorial region where ossiferous caverns have yet been explored, that the discovery, in a fossil state, of extinct forms allied to the human, could be looked for.

    The Antiquity of Man

  • The ossiferous caves of the peninsula of Gower in Glamorganshire have been diligently explored of late years by Dr. Falconer and

    The Antiquity of Man

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