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Containing gold; gold-bearing.

[From Latin aurifer, gold-bearing : aurum, gold + -fer, -fer.]


(Geological Science) (of rock) containing gold; gold-bearing
[C18: from Latin aurifer gold-bearing, from aurum gold + ferre to bear]


(ɔˈrɪf ər əs)

yielding or containing gold.
[1720–30; < Latin aurifer gold-bearing (see auri-1, -fer) + -ous]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.auriferous - containing goldauriferous - containing gold; "auriferous quartz veins"
metal, metallic - containing or made of or resembling or characteristic of a metal; "a metallic compound"; "metallic luster"; "the strange metallic note of the meadow lark, suggesting the clash of vibrant blades"- Ambrose Bierce
References in classic literature ?
Thenceforth for some weeks backward and forward rush mysterious men with no names, who fly about all those particular parts of the country on which Doodle is at present throwing himself in an auriferous and malty shower, but who are merely persons of a restless disposition and never do anything anywhere.
She had taken her degree in geology and mineralogy in the University of London, and while working upon the auriferous rocks of North Wales, after a brief holiday spent in agitating for women's suffrage, she had been struck by the possibility of these reefs cropping up again under the water.
Our main focus will be on the Igurubi project, where significant exploration work has been completed to date, including 15,573 m of RC and AC drilling that defined an auriferous vein system over a total length of 5 km, although drilling has only tested the vein system to a depth of 104 m.
The deposit occurs as a broad flat lying auriferous zone straddling the contact juxtaposed with a more steeply dipping structurally developed auriferous zone, part of the Nevera Breccia Complex and Fault System.
This was followed by an SGH (soil-gas-hydrocarbons) soil sampling survey carried out in order to discriminate between potentially auriferous and non auriferous IP highs and to identify the source area of the gold in till anomalies.
This historical work identified 80 veins, 45 of which are auriferous.
Other wide low grade auriferous zones were intersected in the Copper Mountain area at the Mabel Jenny and Mabel Jenny North targets.
The drilling discovered two large auriferous fluvial channels that meander just below the surface.
Hence, large auriferous porphyry copper deposits, such as the giant Almalyk system in Uzbekistan, are not described.
Within the complexes, some deposits have also been identified as auriferous.
McLaughlin won the first leg of the maiden with Auriferous, a three-year-old son of Seeking The Gold who was a disappointing odds-on favourite on his sole start for David Loder at Newmarket last year.
Loder's Auriferous will be a warm order in the EBF Swathling Memorial Novice Stakes, but preference goes to John Gosden's Loweswater.