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

  • adj. Containing fossils.

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  • adj. Containing fossils.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Containing or composed of fossils.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Bearing or containing fossils: as, fossiliferous rocks.

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

  • adj. bearing or containing fossils


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  • Not only may any kind of fossiliferous rocks occur next to the Archæan, but even the "youngest" may be so metamorphosed and crystalline as to resemble exactly in this respect the so-called "oldest" rocks.

    Q. E. D., or New Light on the Doctrine of Creation

  • Natural History, asserts or confesses that often have objects of material such as fossiliferous limestone and slag been sent to him He says that these things have been accompanied by assurances that they have been seen to fall on lawns, on roads, in front of houses.

    The Book of the Damned

  • "fossiliferous," or shell limestone, and have drawn the erroneous inference that the animal matter once contained in those shells originated petroleum; but no fish oil ever contained paraffin.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 829, November 21, 1891

  • In addition to the flakes we uncovered two dozen fire-scorched rocks, a biface knife, a broken piece of fossiliferous chert that had been heated.

    Bird Cloud

  • You can't, for instance, use oxygen isotope ratios from fossiliferous limestone as a paleo-temperature proxy if the limestone has been heated too much.

    Making Light: Scholarly works to avoid citing at all costs

  • In a letter to James Hall he suggested that the Panamanian fossils, if identical to specimens he had collected thirty years earlier in southern Chile, might indicate continuous fossiliferous formation extending throughout South America.

    James Eights

  • Given McCain's fossiliferous nature, the claim just might be true.

    Lieberman To Break Vow Not To Attack Obama Tonight

  • At a convention of science writers November 19, 1978, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Dr. Eldredge was quoted by the Los Angeles Times as saying that if life had evolved into the wondrous profusion of creatures little by little, then there should be some fossiliferous record of those changes.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • Given how highly fossiliferous the landscape is in the area, it'd be horrible to see the research center shut down.

    Another Museum in Danger!!!

  • These are fossiliferous Triassic carbonate formations that are mostly located within the protected area, outcropping between both older volcanic and more recent sedimentary formations of the Southern Alpine Series in the buffer zone.

    Monte San Giorgio, Switzerland


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  • Having already described him in most of his present habitatory and anatomical peculiarities, it now remains to magnify him in an archaeological, fossiliferous, and antediluvian point of view.

    - Melville, Moby-Dick, ch. 104

    July 31, 2008