- The definition of a fossil is the preserved remains of a prehistoric organism or is slang for someone or something that is old and outdated.
- An example of a fossil is the preserved remains from a prehistoric organism that have been preserved inside rock.
- An example of a fossil is an old, rigid unchanging person who won't embrace new technology.
- An example of a fossil is the Lucy fossil, the remains of the oldest (3.18 million years old) remains of a human being ever found, discovered in Ethiopia in 1974 by Doctor Donald Johanson.
A leaf fossil.
- Obsolete any rock or mineral dug out of the earth
- any hardened remains or imprints of plant or animal life of some previous geologic period, preserved in the earth's crust, including petrified wood and various resins
- anything fossilized or like a fossil
- a person who is old-fashioned or has outmoded, fixed ideas
Origin of fossilFrench fossile ; from Classical Latin fossilis, dug out, dug up ; from fossus, past participle of fodere, to dig up ; from Indo-European an unverified form bhedh-, to dig in the earth from source Welsh bedd, grave, Old English bedd, bed
- of, having the nature of, or forming a fossil or fossils
- belonging to the past; unchanged by progress; antiquated
- A remnant or trace of an organism of a past geologic age, such as a skeleton or leaf imprint, embedded and preserved in the earth's crust.
- One that is outdated or antiquated: He was viewed as a fossil after decades in the same job.
- Linguistics a. A word or morpheme that is used only in certain restricted contexts, as kempt in unkempt, but is otherwise obsolete.b. An archaic syntactic rule or pattern used only in idioms, as so be it.
- Characteristic of or having the nature of a fossil.
- Being or similar to a fossil.
- Belonging to the past; antiquated.
Origin of fossilFrom Latin fossilis, dug up, from fossus, past participle of fodere, to dig.
top: Jurassic era crustacean
bottom: Devonian era plant