fossil

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English[edit]

A fossil.
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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

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 (figuratively) Anything extremely old, extinct, or outdated.

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Danish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin fossilis, from fossa (ditch).

Adjective[edit]

fossil (neuter fossilt, definite and plural fossile)

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

Etymology 2[edit]

From New Latin fossile.

Noun[edit]

fossil n (singular definite fossilet, plural indefinite fossiler)

  1. fossil
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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Adjective[edit]

fossil (not comparable)

  1. fossil

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Norwegian Wikipedia has an article on:

Wikipedia no

Noun[edit]

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 Nynorsk[edit]

Norwegian Nynorsk Wikipedia has an article on:

Wikipedia nn

Noun[edit]

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

  1. a fossil (as above)

Swedish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

fossil

  1. fossil

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Noun[edit]

fossil n

  1. a fossil

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