Definition of metalliferous in English:

metalliferous

adjective

  • (chiefly of deposits of minerals) containing or producing metal.

    • ‘All metalliferous minerals were the personal property of the Emperor.’
    • ‘Thanks to the region's uniquely complex and metalliferous geology, it became known in the industry as ‘the best graduate school of mining geology in the country.’’
    • ‘The applications of such data now extend well beyond those of metalliferous mineral exploration or resource assessment.’
    • ‘Halkyn represents a major site for the metalliferous Festuca ovina-Minuartia verna community [i.e. calaminarian grassland].’
    • ‘Or perhaps to set up revegetation programs, there's no reason why you couldn't use a metalliferous plant material as your mulch or your compost.’
    • ‘The major export items are dominated by commodities, such as petroleum, metalliferous ores and scrap, coal, non-ferrous metal and gold.’
    • ‘A major concern confronting land management agencies in the US is the generation of metal-rich, acid drainage from abandoned metalliferous mine workings and from naturally occurring sulphide-bearing geological units.’
    • ‘From these talks we chose the pastoral and metalliferous mining (non-coal) industries to begin our campaign to improve minimum standards.’
    • ‘Indeed, thin mats composed of tufts of loose filaments, but completely encased in orange metalliferous silica, are common on the subaqueous shelf on and between the stromatolite mounds.’
    • ‘The U.K.-based transnational minerals and energy giant, has been a major actor in the Australian metalliferous minerals and coal mining industries through its Australian-based subsidiary.’
    • ‘The influence of crustal lineaments on the distribution of igneous activity and their influence on its geochemistry are also illustrated by the location of metalliferous deposits.’
    • ‘The formation of mineral deposits and metalliferous vein ores in recognizable crystalline forms took his attention and were carefully described in scientific fashion.’
    • ‘These were shown to be related principally to historical metalliferous mineral working, urban and industrialized centres.’
    • ‘It has been assumed that the formation of these sinters and their associated metalliferous sulphides is due to abiotic processes.’
    • ‘Australian engineers brought significant innovation to gold and metalliferous mining.’
    • ‘Subsequently the massive sulfide deposit and surrounding metalliferous sediment apron were covered by oceanic radiolarian chert sediments.’
    • ‘Leigh joined the mining company in 1970 and has held various roles in the Group's coal and metalliferous operations and is now its chief executive in London.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin metallifer ‘metal-bearing’ + -ous.

Pronunciation

metalliferous

/ˌmed(ə)lˈif(ə)rəs//ˌmɛd(ə)lˈɪf(ə)rəs/