Definition of Carboniferous

1. Noun. From 345 million to 280 million years ago.

2. Adjective. Of or relating to the Carboniferous geologic era. "Carboniferous rock system"

3. Adjective. Relating to or consisting of or yielding carbon.
Exact synonyms: Carbonaceous, Carbonic, Carbonous
Partainyms: Carbon, Carbon, Carbon, Carbon
Derivative terms: Carbon, Carbonize

Definition of Carboniferous

1. a. Producing or containing carbon or coal.

Definition of Carboniferous

1. Adjective. (geology) of a geologic period within the Paleozoic era; comprises the lower, middle and upper Mississippian and lower, middle and upper Pennsylvanian epochs from about 345 to 280 million years ago, when coal was laid down ¹

2. Proper noun. (geology) the Carboniferous period ¹

3. Adjective. Containing or producing carbon ¹

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Definition of Carboniferous

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Carboniferous

Caranx bartholomaei
Caranx crysos
Caranx hippos
Caraparu virus
Carboniferous period
Carcel lamp
Carcel lamps
Carcharhinus leucas
Carcharhinus limbatus
Carcharhinus obscurus
Carcharhinus plumbeus
Carcharias taurus

Literary usage of Carboniferous

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1. Manual of Geology: Treating of the Principles of the Science with Special by James Dwight Dana (1880)
"In Great Britain, Russia, and the most of Europe, the carboniferous and ... In Bavaria also, at Hof, the Sub- carboniferous limestones and Devonian ..."

2. The Journal of Geology by University of Chicago Department of Geology and Paleontology (1906)
"The great thickness of the "Upper carboniferous limestones" of the southern ... That the connected section of the carboniferous strata as represented within ..."

3. Report of the Annual Meeting (1877)
"These Lower carboniferous sandstones rest unconformably on the ... The basal bed of the carboniferous strata is a conglomerate of from 1 to 4 feet in ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"In western Europe the advent of the carboniferous period was accompanied by the ... In the later carboniferous rocks the earliest amphibians make their ..."

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