Definition of metalliferous in English:

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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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