metalliferous
adjective Etymology: Latin metallifer, from metallum + -fer -ferous Date: circa 1656 yielding or containing metal

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  • Metalliferous — Met al*lif er*ous, a. [L. metallifer; metallum metal + ferre to bear: cf. F. m[ e]tallif[ e]re.] Producing metals; yielding metals. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • metalliferous — [met΄ə lif′ər əs] adj. [L metallifer < metallum,METAL + fere, to BEAR1 + OUS] containing, yielding, or producing metal or ore …   English World dictionary

  • metalliferous — adjective Containing a metallic element. Often used to describe ores that are mined commercially. Cassiterite is a metalliferous ore containing tin. See Also: metallic …   Wiktionary

  • metalliferous — /met l if euhr euhs/, adj. containing or yielding metal. [1650 60; < L metallifer (see METALLI , FER) + OUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • metalliferous — bearing metal Bearing and Carrying …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • metalliferous — metal·lif·er·ous || ‚metÉ™ lɪfÉ™rÉ™s adj. containing or yielding metal …   English contemporary dictionary

  • metalliferous — adjective containing or producing metal …   English new terms dictionary

  • metalliferous — met·al·lif·er·ous …   English syllables

  • metalliferous — met•al•lif•er•ous [[t]ˌmɛt lˈɪf ər əs[/t]] adj. mel containing or yielding metal • Etymology: 1650–60; < L metallifer (see metalli , fer) + ous …   From formal English to slang

  • metalliferous — /mɛtəˈlɪfərəs/ (say metuh lifuhruhs) adjective containing or yielding metal. {Latin metallifer yielding metals + ous} …   Australian English dictionary

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