Meaning of FOSSIL in English


Pronunciation: ' fä-s ə l

Function: adjective

Etymology: Latin fossilis obtained by digging, from fodere to dig ― more at BED

Date: 1604

1 : preserved from a past geologic age < fossil plants> < fossil water in an underground reservoir>

2 : being or resembling a fossil

3 : of or relating to fossil fuel

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