WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
met•al•lif•er•ous  (met′l ifər əs), 
adj. 

    Metallurgycontaining or yielding metal.
Etymology:
  • Latin metallifer (see metalli-, -fer) + -ous
  • 1650–60


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

metalliferous /ˌmɛtəˈlɪfərəs/ adj
  1. containing a high concentration of metallic elements
Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin metallifer yielding metal, from metallum metal + ferre to bear



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