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Webster 1913 Edition


Fossil

Fos′sil

,
Adj.
[L.
fossilis
, fr.
fodere
to dig: cf. F.
fossile
. See
Fosse
.]
1.
Dug out of the earth;
as,
fossil
coal;
fossil
salt.
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.

Fos′sil

,
Noun.
1.
A substance dug from the earth.
[Obs.]
☞ 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.]

Webster 1828 Edition


Fossil

FOS'SIL

,
Adj.
[L. fossitis, from fodio, fossius, to dig.]
1.
Dug out of the earth; as fossil coal; fossil salt. The term fossil is now usually appropriated to those inorganic substances, which have become penetrated by earthy or metallic particles. Thus we say, fossil shells, fossil bones, fossil wood.
2.
That may be taken from the earth by digging.

FOS'SIL

,
Noun.
A substance dug from the earth, or penetrated with earthy or metallic particles.
Fossils are native or extraneous. Native fossils are minerals, properly so called, as earth, salts, combustibles and metallic bodies. Extraneous fossils are bodies of vegetable or animal origin accidentally buried in the early, as plants, shells, bones and other substances, many of which are petrified.

Definition 2021


Fossil

Fossil

See also: fossil, fóssil, and fòssil

German

Noun

Fossil n (genitive Fossils or Fossiles, plural Fossilien or Fossile)

  1. fossil

fossil

fossil

See also: Fossil, fóssil, and fòssil

English

A fossil.

Noun

fossil (plural fossils)

  1. The mineralized remains of an animal or plant.
  2. (paleontology) Any preserved evidence of ancient life, including shells, imprints, burrows, coprolites, and organically-produced chemicals.
    • 2012 March-April, John T. Jost, “Social Justice: Is It in Our Nature (and Our Future)?”, in American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 162:
      He draws eclectically on studies of baboons, descriptive anthropological accounts of hunter-gatherer societies and, in a few cases, the fossil record.
  3. (linguistics) A fossil word.
  4. (figuratively) Anything extremely old, extinct, or outdated.

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Danish

Etymology 1

From Latin fossilis, from fossa (ditch).

Adjective

fossil

  1. fossil (noun modifier), fossilised (UK), fossilized

Inflection

Inflection of fossil
Positive Comparative Superlative
Common singular fossil 2
Neuter singular fossilt 2
Plural fossile 2
Definite attributive1 fossile
1) When an adjective is applied predicatively to something definite, the corresponding "indefinite" form is used.
2) The "indefinite" superlatives may not be used attributively.

Etymology 2

From New Latin fossile.

Noun

fossil n (singular definite fossilet, plural indefinite fossiler)

  1. fossil
Inflection

German

Etymology

From Latin fossilis (something which has been dug up), from fodio (I dig up).

Adjective

fossil (not comparable)

  1. fossil

Declension


Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology 1

From Latin fossilis

Adjective

fossil (neuter singular fossilt, definite singular and plural fossile)

  1. fossilised (UK), fossilized, or fossil (noun modifier: e.g. fossil fuels)

Etymology 2

From New Latin

Noun

fossil m, n (definite singular fossilen or fossilet, indefinite plural fossiler or fossil, definite plural fossilene or fossila)

  1. a fossil (fossilised remains of an animal or plant)

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Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology 1

From Latin fossilis

Adjective

fossil (neuter singular fossilt, definite singular and plural fossile)

  1. fossilised (UK), fossilized, or fossil (noun modifier)

Etymology 2

From New Latin

Noun

fossil n (definite singular fossilet, indefinite plural fossil, definite plural fossila)

  1. a fossil (as above)

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Swedish

Adjective

fossil

  1. fossil

Declension

Inflection of fossil
Indefinite/attributive Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular fossil
Neuter singular fossilt
Plural fossila
Definite Positive Comparative Superlative
Masculine singular1 fossile
All fossila
1) Only used, optionally, to refer to things whose natural gender is masculine.
2) The indefinite superlative forms are only used in an attributive role.

Noun

fossil n

  1. a fossil

Declension

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