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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
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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.
According to the new research, which focused on "the region of the Deseado Massif at the Argentinean Patagonia, one of the largest auriferous provinces in the whole planet and whose gold mines are still being exploited,"&nbsp;(http://www.
Although the analysis of these data is not fully completed, the next exploration phase will included follow up over auriferous tills and grab sampling from boulder and bedrock.
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 operation would be capable of washing up to 4 million tons of auriferous ore each year.
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.
Recent drilling has highlighted auriferous quartz veins, and has returned values like 11.