calciferous

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj calciferous bearing or producing or containing calcium or calcium carbonate or calcite
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Calciferous Bearing, producing, or containing calcite, or carbonate of lime.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • calciferous Containing carbonate of lime. Applied to calcareous sandstones occurring in northern New York and Canada, and further west, of which the geological position is near the base of the Lower Silurian series, and directly above the Potsdam Sandstone. In some localities the calciferous formation consists of impure magnesian limestone, portions of which are very hard and silicious, and contain geodes of quartz crystals.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. calx, calcis, lime + -ferous,

Usage

In literature:

Diagrammatic vertical section, etc., to show the calciferous pillars distinguishing the species, x 200.
"The North American Slime-Moulds" by Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
Southward and eastward these rocks dip conformably beneath the Lower Carboniferous cement stone series of the Calciferous Sandstone group.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 7" by Various
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