Metalliferous meaning

mĕt'l-ĭf'ər-əs
Containing metal. Used of a mineral deposit or an ore.
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Containing, yielding, or producing metal or ore.
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(metallurgy) Containing a metallic element. Often used to describe ores that are mined commercially.

Cassiterite is a metalliferous ore containing tin.

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Origin of metalliferous

  • From Latin metallifer metallum metal metal -fer -fer
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • metal +"Ž -iferous
    From Wiktionary