carboniferous Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"carboniferous" in British English

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carboniferousadjective

uk   /ˌkɑː.bəˈnɪf.ər.əs/  us   /ˌkɑːr.bəˈnɪf.ɚ-/ specialized
containing or ​producingcarbon: carboniferous ​rocks

Carboniferousadjective

uk   /ˌkɑː.bəˈnɪf.ər.əs/  us   /ˌkɑːr.bəˈnɪf.ɚ-/ specialized
from or referring to the ​period of ​time, between around 363 and 290 million ​years ago, when the first reptilesappeared and there were ​largeforestscovering the ​areas that ​laterformed earth's ​coallayers: the Carboniferous ​period Carboniferous ​rocks
the Carboniferous
noun [S]
the Carboniferous ​period
(Definition of carboniferous from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"carboniferous" in American English

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carboniferousadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˌkɑr·bəˈnɪf·ər·əs/
earth science containing or ​producingcarbon
(Definition of carboniferous from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “carboniferous”
in Chinese (Simplified) 含碳的, 碳质的, 产碳的…
in Chinese (Traditional) 含碳的, 碳質的, 產碳的…
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