Meaning of FOSSIL in English

n. & adj.


1. the remains or impression of a (usu. prehistoric) plant or animal hardened in rock (often attrib. : fossil bones; fossil shells).

2 colloq. an antiquated or unchanging person or thing.

3 a word that has become obsolete except in set phrases or forms, e.g. hue in hue and cry.


1. of or like a fossil.

2 antiquated; out of date.

Phrases and idioms:

fossil fuel a natural fuel such as coal or gas formed in the geological past from the remains of living organisms. fossil ivory see IVORY.


fossiliferous adj. fossilize & intr. (also -ise). fossilization n.

Etymology: F fossile f. L fossilis f. fodere foss- dig

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.