One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of rock or strata) containing a large proportion of salt.
- ‘Certain basins acquire complex geological profiles due to brittle, saliferous or clay tectonics.’
- ‘The Magdalen Islands are situated in the Magdalen Basin which contains a large number of giant saliferous structures of the type found in the Gulf of Mexico.’
Early 19th century: from Latin sal ‘salt’ + -ferous.
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