Definition of metalliferous adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

metalliferous

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˌmetəˈlɪfərəs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmetəˈlɪfərəs//
 
(geology)
 
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(of rocks) containing or producing metal Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from Latin metallifer ‘metal-bearing’ + -ous.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: metalliferous