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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
(k[aum]r`b[o^]n*[i^]f"[~e]r*[u^]s), a. [Carbon + -ferous.]
Producing or containing carbon or coal.
Carboniferous age (Geol.), the age immediately following
the Devonian, or Age of fishes, and characterized by the
vegetation which formed the coal beds. This age embraces
three periods, the Subcarboniferous, the Carboniferous,
and Permian. See Age of acrogens, under Acrogen.
Carboniferous formation (Geol.), the series of rocks
(including sandstones, shales, limestones, and
conglomerates, with beds of coal) which make up the strata
of the Carboniferous age or Carboniferous period. See the
Diagram under Geology.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
adj 1: of or relating to the Carboniferous geologic era;
"carboniferous rock system"
2: relating to or consisting of or yielding carbon [syn:
carbonaceous, carbonous, carbonic, carboniferous]
n 1: from 345 million to 280 million years ago [syn:
Carboniferous, Carboniferous period]
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