Meaning of FOSSIL in English

I. ˈfä-səl 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

II. noun

Date: 1736

1. : a remnant, impression, or trace of an organism of past geologic ages that has been preserved in the earth's crust — compare living fossil


a. : a person whose views are outmoded : fogy

b. : something (as a theory) that has become rigidly fixed

3. : an old word or word element preserved only by idiom (as fro in to and fro )

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.