Crossword clues for fossil
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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Fossil \Fos"sil\, n.
A substance dug from the earth. [Obs.]
Note: Formerly all minerals were called fossils, but the word is now restricted to express the remains of animals and plants found buried in the earth.
(Paleon.) The remains of an animal or plant found in stratified rocks. Most fossils belong to extinct species, but many of the later ones belong to species still living.
A person whose views and opinions are extremely antiquated; one whose sympathies are with a former time rather than with the present. [Colloq.]
Fossil \Fos"sil\, a. [L. fossilis, fr. fodere to dig: cf. F. fossile. See Fosse.]
Dug out of the earth; as, fossil coal; fossil salt.
preserved from a previous geological age; as, fossil water from deep wells; -- usually implying that the object so described has had its substance modified by long residence in the ground, but also used (as with fossil water) in cases where chemical composition is not altered.
(Paleon.) Like or pertaining to fossils; contained in rocks, whether petrified or not; as, fossil plants, shells.
Fossil copal, a resinous substance, first found in the blue clay at Highgate, near London, and apparently a vegetable resin, partly changed by remaining in the earth.
Fossil cork, Fossil flax, Fossil paper, or Fossil wood, varieties of amianthus.
Fossil farina, a soft carbonate of lime.
Fossil ore, fossiliferous red hematite.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1610s, "any thing dug up;" 1650s (adj.) "obtained by digging" (of coal, salt, etc.), from French fossile (16c.), from Latin fossilis "dug up," from fossus, past participle of fodere "to dig," from PIE root *bhedh- "to dig, pierce."\n
\nRestricted noun sense of "geological remains of a plant or animal" is from 1736 (the adjective in the sense "pertaining to fossils" is from 1660s); slang meaning "old person" first recorded 1859. Fossil fuel (1833) preserves the earlier, broader sense.
n. 1 The mineralized remains of an animal or plant. 2 (context paleontology English) Any preserved evidence of ancient life, including shells, imprints, burrows, coprolites, and organically-produced chemicals.
adj. characteristic of a fossil
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FOSSIL is a standard protocol for allowing serial communication for telecommunications programs under the DOS operating system. FOSSIL is an acronym for Fido Opus SEAdog Standard Interface Layer. Fido refers to FidoBBS, Opus refers to Opus-CBCS BBS, and SEAdog refers to a Fidonet compatible mailer. The standards document that defines the FOSSIL protocol is maintained by the Fidonet Technical Standards Committee.
A fossil is the mineralized remains of a dead organism.
Fossil may also refer to:
- FOSSIL, a protocol for serial communications
- Fossil (file system), a file system used mainly by Plan 9 from Bell Labs
- Fossil (software), a distributed version control system
- Fossilization (linguistics), a type of bound morpheme in linguistics
- Interlanguage fossilization, a linguistic term
- Fossils (band), a rock band from Kolkata, India
- Fossil (novel), a book written by Hal Clement
- The Fossil (play), a play by Carl Sternheim
- Fossiles, the 12th movement in the musical suite The Carnival of the Animals
- Fossil, Inc., a clothing/accessories company
- Fossil, Oregon, a town in the state of Oregon, United States
- A Pokémon trading card set (see List of Pokémon Trading Card Game sets)
Fossil is a distributed version control system, bug tracking system and wiki software server for use in software development created by D. Richard Hipp.
Fossil is a science fiction book written by Hal Clement and first printed in November, 1993. Copyright was reserved to him under his real name, Harry C. Stubbs and the company he associated himself with, Tomorrow, Inc..
Fossil is the default file system in Plan 9 from Bell Labs. It serves the network protocol 9P and runs as a user space daemon, like most Plan 9 file servers. Fossil is different from most other file systems due to its snapshot/archival feature. It can take snapshots of the entire file system on command or automatically (at a user-set interval). These snapshots can be kept on the Fossil partition as long as disk space allows; if the partition fills up then old snapshots will be removed to free up disk space. A snapshot can also be saved permanently to Venti. Fossil and Venti are typically installed together.
Usage examples of "fossil".
It showed a man in antique clothing standing behind a fossil ammonite that almost reached his waist.
This junction produced a complicated pattern of lobes and saddles that is frequently seen in the ammonite fossils found today in Cretaceous marine deposits.
Because they evolved rapidly, had worldwide distribution by virtue of their open-water habitats, and species are readily distinguished, ammonoids are index fossils for the Jurassic.
Our final examples of anomalous pre-Tertiary evidence are not in the category of fossil human bones, but rather in the category of fossil humanlike footprints.
If anomalously old human fossils were found in situations like this, they would be subjected to merciless criticism.
This is quite a bit more recent than the Early Pleistocene date originally ascribed to the Piltdown fossils, but it is still anomalously old for a skull of the fully human type in England.
Measuring concentrations of oxygen isotopes trapped in belemnite guard shell fossils, scientists have determined that the seas of that time were warmer than today.
For instance, from measurements made on belemnite fossils from New Jersey, the ocean temperature in the latter part of the Cretaceous at this latitude seems to have been around 72 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, a warmth comparable to the seas around southern Florida today.
It reminded me of a sepia painting I had once seen done from the ink of a fossil Belemnite that must have perished and become fossilized millions of years ago.
It was a fine-grained gray stone with two fossil belemnites swimming across its surface, like pale comets.
Second, modern experiments have shown that bipedalism does not increase energy efficiency, and as more fossils have been found we now recognise that early bipedal apes lived in environments where trees were plentiful.
Toroca had left the other surveyors back at the great cliffs on the storm-swept coast, looking for any fossils at all from below the Bookmark layer, and cataloging the myriad forms they found above it.
His team worked every daylight moment just below the chalk seam of the Bookmark layer, the bottommost rock stratum containing fossils, but nothing turned up.
Park of Extinct Animals was breached and many of the inner enclosures were opened, releasing into the wilderness nearly the entire extraordinary collection of carefully cloned beasts of yesteryear: moas, quaggas, giant ground sloths, dodos, passenger pigeons, aurochs, oryxes, saber-toothed cats, great auks, cahows and many another lost species that had been called back from oblivion by the most painstaking manipulation of fossil genetic material.
Franz Weidenreich assumed leadership of the Cenozoic Research Laboratory and wrote a comprehensive series of reports on the Beijing man fossils.