(Of rocks or minerals) containing gold: not all the quartz veins are auriferous
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- To protect potential mining sites and timber supplies, the Box-Ironbark eucalypt forests which characterised auriferous soils were held back from agricultural settlement.
- The combination of these factors limited the nature of auriferous fluids, if any, that could have deposited gold in zones of structurally induced permeability.
- The auriferous veins there are usually interbedded sandstone mudstone varieties metamorphosed into greenschist facies.
mid 17th century: from Latin aurifer 'gold-bearing' (from aurum 'gold') + -ous.
Definition of auriferous in:
- The US English dictionary