saliferous

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj saliferous containing or yielding salt "saliferous formations","salt domes"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Saliferous Producing, or impregnated with, salt.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • saliferous In geology, noting a formation containing a considerable amount of rocksalt, or yielding brine in economically valuable quantity. Saliferous beds are found in almost all the divisions of the geological series, from the lowest to the highest.
    • saliferous Bearing or containing salt: said of plants that grow in saline soil.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Saliferous sā-lif′ėr-us bearing salt
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. sal, salt + -ferous,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. sal, salis, salt, ferre, to bear.

Usage

In literature:

The plain is saliferous.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin" by Charles Darwin
Alluvium, saliferous, in Peru.
"A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World" by Charles Darwin
It overlies a bed of saliferous sandstone which has been worked for salt.
"The Andes and the Amazon" by James Orton
Origin of saliferous deposits.
"Life of Charles Darwin" by G. T. (George Thomas) Bettany
Then comes a stratum of the saliferous system or the new red sandstone, with the red marls, perhaps not much short of a thousand feet deep.
"Omphalos" by Philip Henry Gosse
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