Carboniferous age
Carboniferous Car`bon*if"er*ous (k[aum]r`b[o^]n*[i^]f"[~e]r*[u^]s), a. [Carbon + -ferous.] Producing or containing carbon or coal. [1913 Webster]

{Carboniferous age} (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}.

{Carboniferous formation} (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}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Carboniferous — Car bon*if er*ous (k[aum]r b[o^]n*[i^]f [ e]r*[u^]s), a. [Carbon + ferous.] Producing or containing carbon or coal. [1913 Webster] {Carboniferous age} (Geol.), the age immediately following the Devonian, or Age of fishes, and characterized by the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Carboniferous formation — Carboniferous Car bon*if er*ous (k[aum]r b[o^]n*[i^]f [ e]r*[u^]s), a. [Carbon + ferous.] Producing or containing carbon or coal. [1913 Webster] {Carboniferous age} (Geol.), the age immediately following the Devonian, or Age of fishes, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Age of fishes — Devonian De*vo ni*an, a. (Geol.) Of or pertaining to Devon or Devonshire in England; as, the Devonian rocks, period, or system. [1913 Webster] {Devonian age} (Geol.), the age next older than the Carboniferous and later than the Silurian; called… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Age of coal plants — Coal Coal (k[=o]l), n. [AS. col; akin to D. kool, OHG. chol, cholo, G. kohle, Icel. kol, pl., Sw. kol, Dan. kul; cf. Skr. jval to burn. Cf. {Kiln}, {Collier}.] 1. A thoroughly charred, and extinguished or still ignited, fragment from wood or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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