Definition of argentiferous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌärjənˈtifərəs/


(Of rocks or minerals) containing silver.
Example sentences
  • He reported that most highly argentiferous galena required silver to have been coupled with bismuth or antimony to allow a substitution for lead within the lattice under high-temperature conditions.
  • Some of the richer argentiferous galena pockets contained masses of mineral three or four inches in size.
  • Gold-bearing quartz and argentiferous galena [ore containing silver] have been discovered in several places.


Late 18th century: from Latin argentum 'silver' + -ferous.

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Syllabification: ar·gen·tif·er·ous

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