What does CARBONIFEROUS mean?

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ˌkɑr bəˈnɪf ər əsCARBONIFEROUS

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Carboniferous, Carboniferous period(adj)

    from 345 million to 280 million years ago

  2. carboniferous(adj)

    of or relating to the Carboniferous geologic era

    "carboniferous rock system"

  3. carbonaceous, carbonous, carbonic, carboniferous(adj)

    relating to or consisting of or yielding carbon


  1. Carboniferous(Adjective)

    of a geologic period within the Paleozoic era; comprises the lower, middle and upper Mississippian and lower, middle and upper Pennsylvanian epochs from about 345 to 280 million years ago, when coal was laid down

  2. Carboniferous(ProperNoun)

    the Carboniferous period

  3. carboniferous(Adjective)

    Containing or producing carbon

Webster Dictionary

  1. Carboniferous(adj)

    producing or containing carbon or coal

    Etymology: [Carbon + -ferous.]


  1. Carboniferous

    The Carboniferous is a geologic period and system that extends from the end of the Devonian Period, about 359.2 million years ago, to the beginning of the Permian Period, about 299.0 ± 0.8 Ma. The name Carboniferous means "coal-bearing" and derives from the Latin words carbo and ferre, and was coined by geologists William Conybeare and William Phillips in 1822. Based on a study of the British rock succession, it was the first of the modern 'system' names to be employed, and reflects the fact that many coal beds were formed globally during this time. The Carboniferous is often treated in North America as two geological periods, the earlier Mississippian and the later Pennsylvanian. Terrestrial life was well established by the Carboniferous period. Amphibians were the dominant land vertebrates, of which one branch would eventually evolve into reptiles, the first fully terrestrial vertebrates. Arthropods were also very common, and many, were much larger than those of today. Vast swaths of forest covered the land, which would eventually be laid down and become the coal beds characteristic of the Carboniferous system. A minor marine and terrestrial extinction event occurred in the middle of the period, caused by a change in climate. The latter half of the period experienced glaciations, low sea level, and mountain building as the continents collided to form Pangaea.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of CARBONIFEROUS in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of CARBONIFEROUS in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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