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Definitions of fossil:

part of speech: adjective

Pertaining to, of the nature of, or converted into, a fossil; dug from the earth.

part of speech: noun

A word which in its widest and literal sense means whatever is dug out of the earth, so that it includes all minerals and rocks, as well as the organic remains embedded in rocks, the former being the native fossils, the latter the extraneous fossils of older writers. It is now, however, restricted to designate the petrified forms of plants and animals which occur in the strata that compose the surface of our globe. Most of these fossil species, many of the genera, and some of the families, are extinct. When these remains are only partially fossilized, and occur in superficial or recent deposits, the term sub- fossil is employed.

part of speech: noun

Any organic body, as an animal or plant, which by burial in the earth has become petrified or changed to stone; a person old- fashioned in his ideas.

part of speech: noun

A mineral dug out of the earth; the remains of plants and animals imbedded in the earth's crust and changed into a stony consistence.

part of speech: adjective

Dug out of the earth.

part of speech: adjective

Dug out of the earth; as, fossil coal, fossil salt: pertaining to or resembling fossils; changed into stone; petrified; as, fossil shells, bones, or wood.

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