Definitions for: Fossil


[n] 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
[n] (informal) someone whose style is out of fashion
[adj] characteristic of a fossil



Webster (1913) Definition: Fos"sil, a. [L. fossilis, fr. fodere to dig: cf. F.
fossile. See Fosse.]
1. Dug out of the earth; as, fossil coal; fossil salt.

2. (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, flax, paper, or wood, varieties of
amianthus.

Fossil farina, a soft carbonate of lime.

Fossil ore, fossiliferous red hematite. --Raymond.


Fos"sil, n.
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.]

Synonyms: dodo, fogey, fogy

See Also: ammonite, ammonoid, belemnite, fucoid, microfossil, old person, oldster, remains, senior citizen, wormcast

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