Fossil - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈfɑːsl|  American pronunciation of the word fossil
Brit.  |ˈfɒs(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word fossil

noun

- someone whose style is out of fashion (syn: dodo, fogey, fogy)
- the remains (or an impression) of a plant or animal that existed in a past geological age and that has been excavated from the soil

adjective

- characteristic of a fossil

Examples

...some old fossil who thinks that a boy and a girl shouldn't be together unsupervised until they are engaged...

Marine sponges have a long fossil record (=their development has been recorded over a long period).

The fossil was well preserved.

They found the fossil skeleton of a mastodon.

a fossil imprint of a dinosaur's foot

a little animal preserved for all eternity as a fossil

Fossil fuels have caused irreversible damage to the environment.

It was a chance in a million that we'd find a fossil.

our exhaustible reserves of fossil fuel

the Wollemi pine found in Australia is a surviving specimen of a conifer thought to have been long extinct and therefore known as a living fossil

We combust coal and other fossil fuels

Word forms

noun
singular: fossil
plural: fossils
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