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fossil

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adjective fos·sil \ˈfä-səl\

Definition of fossil

  1. 1 :  preserved from a past geologic age <fossil plants> <fossil water in an underground reservoir>

  2. 2 :  being or resembling a fossil

  3. 3 :  of or relating to fossil fuel



Origin of fossil

Latin fossilis obtained by digging, from fodere to dig — more at bed


First Known Use: 1604

Rhymes with fossil


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fossil

noun fos·sil

Simple Definition of fossil

  • : something (such as a leaf, skeleton, or footprint) that is from a plant or animal which lived in ancient times and that you can see in some rocks

  • : a person whose ideas are very old-fashioned or out-of-date

Full Definition of fossil

  1. 1 :  a remnant, impression, or trace of an organism of past geologic ages that has been preserved in the earth's crust — compare living fossil

  2. 2 a :  a person whose views are outmoded :  fogy b :  something (as a theory) that has become rigidly fixed

  3. 3 :  an old word or word element preserved only by idiom (as fro in to and fro)

Examples of fossil

  1. <some old fossil who thinks that a boy and a girl shouldn't be together unsupervised until they are engaged>



1736

First Known Use of fossil

1736



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