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

  • adj. Containing metal. Used of a mineral deposit or an ore.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Containing a metallic element. Often used to describe ores that are mined commercially.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Producing metals; yielding metals.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Producing or yielding metal: as, metalliferous deposits or veins; a metalliferous district.


From Latin metallifer : metallum, metal; see metal + -fer, -fer.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
metal +‎ -iferous (Wiktionary)


  • It was owing to the mines that Dartmoor became a part of the Duchy, for the 'metalliferous' moors of Dartmoor and Cornwall had, on that account, long been Crown lands; and therefore, when Edward III created his eldest son Prince of Wales and Duke of Cornwall, the Chase of Dartmoor, and the

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  • The Blyvooruitzicht deaths occurred within weeks of the mine being awarded the Minister of Minerals and Energy抯 safety award in the deep-level, metalliferous category, for the mine with the best safety improvement.

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  • Unprocessed minerals rose 54 per cent to $19.3 billion in 2005, largely due to higher exports of metalliferous ores such as iron, copper, zinc and lead ores.

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  • Unprocessed minerals rose 39 per cent to $15.3 billion in 2004, largely due to higher exports of metalliferous ores such as iron, zinc, copper and lead ores.

    Exports of Australian Manufactures Rebound

  • The principal object of this journey had been to investigate the inland depth of the metalliferous deposits; in fact, their extent from west to east.

    The Land of Midian

  • The Jebel el-Fahísát played us an ugly trick; yet it is, not the less, a glorious metalliferous block, and I am sure of its future.

    The Land of Midian

  • At Shaghab, then, the metalliferous “Marú” brought from the adjacent granitic mountains was crushed, and then transported for roasting and washing to Shuwák, where water, the prime necessary in these lands, must have been more abundant.

    The Land of Midian

  • The formation of the country much resembles that of Midian; and the metalliferous veins run from northeast to south-west.

    The Land of Midian

  • Thus, I would divide the metalliferous quartzes of this

    The Land of Midian

  • The twenty-five tons of specimens, brought back to Cairo, were inspected by good judges from South Africa, Australia, and California; and all recognized familiar metalliferous rocks.

    The Land of Midian


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