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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or being the geologic division of the Paleozoic Era from about 359 to 299 million years ago. The Carboniferous Period follows the Devonian Period and precedes the Permian Period and includes the Mississippian and Pennsylvanian Periods. It is characterized, especially in the Pennsylvanian, by swamp formation and deposition of plant remains that later hardened into coal.
  • adjective Producing or containing carbon or coal.
  • noun The Carboniferous Period.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Containing or yielding carbon or coal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Producing or containing carbon or coal.
  • adjective (Geol.) the age immediately following the Devonian, or Age of fishes, and characterized by the vegetation which formed the coal beds. This age embraces three periods, the Subcarboniferous, the Carboniferous, and Permian. See Age of acrogens, under Acrogen.
  • adjective (Geol.) the series of rocks (including sandstones, shales, limestones, and conglomerates, with beds of coal) which make up the strata of the Carboniferous age or Carboniferous period. See the Diagram under Geology.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective geology of a geologic period within the Paleozoic era; comprises the lower, middle and upper Mississippian and lower, middle and upper Pennsylvanian epochs from about 345 to 280 million years ago, when coal was laid down
  • proper noun geology the Carboniferous period

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

  • adjective of or relating to the Carboniferous geologic era
  • adjective relating to or consisting of or yielding carbon
  • noun from 345 million to 280 million years ago

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  • The very name Carboniferous originated in the fact that the rocks of this geologic period contain productive coal beds in so many parts of the world.

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  • The Carboniferous was the age of lycopods and amphibians, as the

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  • Permian, to the Carboniferous, which is the bottom or landing of the

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  • Since the industrial revolution, humans have been releasing into the atmosphere fossil carbon dioxide, which was fixed way back in the Carboniferous period, a couple of hundred million years ago, and this has been extracted as oil and coal and we burn it.

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  • In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,

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  • Since the industrial revolution, humans have been releasing into the atmosphere fossil carbon dioxide, which was fixed way back in the Carboniferous period, a couple of hundred million years ago, and this has been extracted as oil and coal and we burn it.

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