metalliferous

adjective
met·​al·​lif·​er·​ous | \ ˌme-tə-ˈli-f(ə-)rəs How to pronounce metalliferous (audio) \

Definition of metalliferous

: yielding or containing metal

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A missing piece of the puzzle is why small and large gas giants do not co-exist around metalliferous stars, for core formation does not obviously preclude a nebula breaking up into gas clumps as well. The Economist, "PlanetologyMore ways to classify planets," 13 July 2017

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First Known Use of metalliferous

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for metalliferous

Latin metallifer, from metallum + -fer -ferous

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