Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “Carboniferous”

Carboniferous

adjective 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 reptiles appeared and there were forests covering large areas that later formed Earth's coal layers: the Carboniferous period Carboniferous rocksPrehistory
the Carboniferous
noun [S]
the Carboniferous period
(Definition of Carboniferous adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of Carboniferous?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Prehistory, but you might be interested in these topics from the History topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “Carboniferous”

Definitions of “Carboniferous” in other dictionaries

Translations of “Carboniferous”

Word of the Day

beer mat

a small piece of cardboard that you put under a glass to protect a table surface in a pub or bar

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More