Definition of fossil noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfɒsl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɑːsl//
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  1. 1the remains of an animal or a plant which have become hard and turned into rock fossils over two million years old See related entries: Cell biology
  2. 2(informal, disapproving) an old person, especially one who is unable to accept new ideas or adapt to changes
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent. (denoting a fossilized fish found, and believed to have lived, underground): from French fossile, from Latin fossilis ‘dug up’, from fodere ‘dig’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: fossil

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