3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fossil \Fos"sil\, noun

1. A substance dug from the earth. [Obs.]

Note: Formerly all minerals were called fossils, but the word is now restricted to express the remains of animals and plants found buried in the earth. --Ure.

2. (Paleon.) The remains of an animal or plant found in stratified rocks. Most fossils belong to extinct species, but many of the later ones belong to species still living.

3. A person whose views and opinions are extremely antiquated; one whose sympathies are with a former time rather than with the present. [Colloq.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fossil \Fos"sil\, adjective [L. fossilis, fr. fodere to dig: cf. F. fossile. See {Fosse}.]

1. Dug out of the earth; as, fossil coal; fossil salt.

2. preserved from a previous geological age; as, fossil water from deep wells; -- usually implying that the object so described has had its substance modified by long residence in the ground, but also used (as with fossil water) in cases where chemical composition is not altered. [PJC]

3. (Paleon.) Like or pertaining to fossils; contained in rocks, whether petrified or not; as, fossil plants, shells.

{Fossil copal}, a resinous substance, first found in the blue clay at Highgate, near London, and apparently a vegetable resin, partly changed by remaining in the earth.

{Fossil cork}, {Fossil flax}, {Fossil paper}, or {Fossil wood}, varieties of amianthus.

{Fossil farina}, a soft carbonate of lime.

{Fossil ore}, fossiliferous red hematite. --Raymond.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: characteristic of a fossil


1: someone whose style is out of fashion [syn: {dodo}, {fogy}, {fogey}, {fossil}]

2: the remains (or an impression) of a plant or animal that existed in a past geological age and that has been excavated from the soil

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