From Latin aurifer (“gold-bearing”) + the English suffix -ous. The Latin term in turn derived from aurum (“gold”) + ferō (“I carry”).
auriferous (comparative more auriferous, superlative most auriferous)
- Containing or producing gold; gold-bearing
- whence many a bursting stream auriferous plays
- 1887, R. A. Murray, Victoria. Geology and Physical Geography (page 126)
- In some places, however, quartz reefs, payably auriferous while in Silurian rock, have been followed down to subjacent granite, and have there been found to thin out and become unprofitable […]