Definition of saliferous in English:

saliferous

Syllabification: sa·lif·er·ous
Pronunciation: /səˈlif(ə)rəs
 
/

adjective

Geology
  • (Of rock or strata) containing much salt.
    More 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.

Origin

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

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