metalliferous

adjective

met·​al·​lif·​er·​ous ˌme-tə-ˈli-f(ə-)rəs How to pronounce metalliferous (audio)
: yielding or containing metal

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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, 13 July 2017

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Word History

Etymology

Latin metallifer, from metallum + -fer -ferous

First Known Use

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of metalliferous was circa 1656

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Cite this Entry

“Metalliferous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metalliferous. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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