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fossil

See also: Fossil and fóssil

EnglishEdit

A fossil.
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PronunciationEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

NounEdit

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)?”, 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 fossilized term.
  4. (figuratively) Anything extremely old, extinct, or outdated.

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DanishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Latin fossilis, from fossa (ditch).

AdjectiveEdit

fossil (neuter fossilt, definite and plural fossile)

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

Etymology 2Edit

From New Latin fossile.

NounEdit

fossil n (singular definite fossilet, plural indefinite fossiler)

  1. fossil
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GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

AdjectiveEdit

fossil (not comparable)

  1. fossil

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Norwegian BokmålEdit

Norwegian Wikipedia has an article on:

Wikipedia no

NounEdit

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)

Norwegian NynorskEdit

Norwegian Nynorsk Wikipedia has an article on:

Wikipedia nn

NounEdit

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

  1. a fossil (as above)

SwedishEdit

AdjectiveEdit

fossil

  1. fossil

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NounEdit

fossil n

  1. a fossil

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