Definitions

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

  • adjective Containing gold; gold-bearing.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Yielding or producing gold; containing gold: as, auriferous quartz; auriferous strata.

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

  • adjective Gold-bearing; containing or producing gold.
  • adjective iron pyrites (iron disulphide), containing some gold disseminated through it.

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

  • adjective Containing or producing gold; gold-bearing

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

  • adjective containing gold

Etymologies

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

[From Latin aurifer, gold-bearing : aurum, gold + -fer, -fer.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin aurifer ("gold-bearing") + the English suffix -ous. The Latin term in turn derived from aurum ("gold") + ferō ("I carry").

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