Definition of saliferous in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /səˈlif(ə)rəs/

Entry from US English dictionary


(Of rock or strata) containing much salt.
Example sentences
  • Certain basins acquire complex geological profiles due to brittle, saliferous or clay tectonics.
  • The Magdalen Islands are situated in the Magdalen Basin which contains a large number of giant saliferous structures of the type found in the Gulf of Mexico.


Early 19th century: from Latin sal 'salt' + -iferous.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: sa·lif·er·ous

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.