carbonaceous

adjective
car·​bo·​na·​ceous | \ ˌkär-bə-ˈnā-shəs How to pronounce carbonaceous (audio) \

Definition of carbonaceous

1 : relating to, containing, or composed of carbon
2 : rich in carbon

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The mammals also miniaturized over generations, as leaves became less nutritious in the carbonaceous air. Natalie Wolchover, WIRED, "As the World Warms, Clouds Could Disappear—Catastrophically," 3 Mar. 2019 The mammals also miniaturized over generations, as leaves became less nutritious in the carbonaceous air. Wired, "As the World Warms, Clouds Could Disappear—Catastrophically," 3 Mar. 2019 The mammals also miniaturized over generations, as leaves became less nutritious in the carbonaceous air. Natalie Wolchover, WIRED, "As the World Warms, Clouds Could Disappear—Catastrophically," 3 Mar. 2019 The mammals also miniaturized over generations, as leaves became less nutritious in the carbonaceous air. Natalie Wolchover, WIRED, "As the World Warms, Clouds Could Disappear—Catastrophically," 3 Mar. 2019 For example, carbonaceous chondrites—some of the oldest rocks in the solar system—were recently found to harbor pyruvic acid, which is essential for metabolism. David W. Brown, Smithsonian, "Searching for the Key to Life’s Beginnings," 2 July 2018 Most of these were likely not comets but rather asteroids called carbonaceous chondrites, which can be up to 20 percent water by weight, storing it in a form of hydrogen like ringwoodite. Quanta Magazine, "The Hunt for Earth’s Deep Hidden Oceans," 11 July 2018 The mammals also miniaturized over generations, as leaves became less nutritious in the carbonaceous air. Quanta Magazine, "A World Without Clouds," 25 Feb. 2019 When word spread throughout the scientific community that the dining room destroyer might be a carbonaceous chondrite, a ticking clock began. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Super Rare Mud Meteorite Crashed into a Costa Rican House," 22 May 2019

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First Known Use of carbonaceous

1727, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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