Corniferous
Corniferous Cor*nif"er*ous (k?r-n?f"?r-?s), a. [L. cornu horn + -ferous.] (Geol.) Of or pertaining to the lowest period of the Devonian age. (See the Diagram, under {Geology}.) The Corniferous period has been so called from the numerous seams of hornstone which characterize the later part of the period, as developed in the State of New York. [1913 Webster]

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  • corniferous — cornifˈerous adjective Containing hornstone • • • Main Entry: ↑corn …   Useful english dictionary

  • corniferous limestone — noun A coral limestone with chert nodules in the Devonian of N America • • • Main Entry: ↑corn …   Useful english dictionary

  • Schoharie grit — Scho*har ie grit (Geol.) The formation belonging to the middle of the three subdivisions of the Corniferous period in the American Devonian system; so called from Schoharie, in New York, where it occurs. See the Chart of {Geology}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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