Definition of metalliferous in English:


Line breaks: metal|lif¦er¦ous
Pronunciation: /mɛtəˈlɪf(ə)rəs


  • (Chiefly of deposits of minerals) containing or producing metal: the known metalliferous mineral deposits of Britain
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    • The formation of mineral deposits and metalliferous vein ores in recognizable crystalline forms took his attention and were carefully described in scientific fashion.
    • The influence of crustal lineaments on the distribution of igneous activity and their influence on its geochemistry are also illustrated by the location of metalliferous deposits.
    • These were shown to be related principally to historical metalliferous mineral working, urban and industrialized centres.


mid 17th century: from Latin metallifer 'metal-bearing' + -ous.

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