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

  • adj. Containing or yielding salt.

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  • adj. Yielding or containing salt; saliniferous

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Producing, or impregnated with, salt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In geology, noting a formation containing a considerable amount of rocksalt, or yielding brine in economically valuable quantity. Saliferous beds are found in almost all the divisions of the geological series, from the lowest to the highest.
  • Bearing or containing salt: said of plants that grow in saline soil.

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  • adj. containing or yielding salt


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  • The appearance of the country was remarkable, from being covered by a thick crust of common salt, and of a stratified saliferous alluvium, which seems to have been deposited as the land slowly rose above the level of the sea.

    Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by H.M.S. Beagle

  • I find since that Dr Wilson states these rocks to be highly saliferous, and says the Arabs scrape them with knives to obtain saltpetre for making their rude gunpowder.

    Byeways in Palestine

  • From any part of the salt tract one may see the boundary of the inner arable part of the district fringed with long lines of trees, from which every morning the villagers drive their cattle out into the saliferous plains to graze.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2 "Baconthorpe" to "Bankruptcy"

  • Sir Roderick Murchison and his friends were at first inclined to explain these phenomena by supposing that the chief fissure communicated with some surface of rock-salt, 'the saliferous vapours of which might be so rapidly evaporated or changed in escaping to an intensely hot and dry atmosphere as to produce ice and snow.'

    Ice-Caves of France and Switzerland

  • It overlies a bed of saliferous sandstone which has been worked for salt.

    The Andes and the Amazon Across the Continent of South America

  • Blanco, on gneiss; and in the peninsula of Araya, on saliferous clay.

    Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America

  • Now, in the peninsula of Araya, and in the island of Marguerita, saliferous clay impregnated with bitumen is met with in connexion with this early formation, nearly as gem-salt appears in Calabria in flakes, in basins inclosed in strata of granite and gneiss.

    Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America

  • Negras for one of the strata of compact limestone without grains of quartz and petrifactions, which are frequently found amidst the tertiary conglomerate of Barigon and of the Castillo de Cumana; the saliferous clay of Araya would appear to them analogous to the plastic clay of Paris, * or to the clayey shelves (dief et tourtia) of secondary sandstone with lignites, containing salt-springs, in Belgium and Westphalia.

    Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America

  • According to the opinions now most generally received, the rock of the Penas Negras may be considered as representing muschelkalk (limestone of Gottingen); and the saliferous and bituminous clay of Araya, as representing variegated sandstone; but these problems can only be solved when the mines of those countries are worked.

    Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America

  • I was very much struck with Forbes 'explanation of n [itrate] of soda beds and the saliferous crust, which

    More Letters of Charles Darwin — Volume 2


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