Fossil-fuel



noun, Energy.
1.
any combustible organic material, as oil, coal, or natural gas, derived from the remains of former life.
noun
1.
any naturally occurring carbon or hydrocarbon fuel, such as coal, petroleum, peat, and natural gas, formed by the decomposition of prehistoric organisms
fossil fuel
A hydrocarbon deposit, such as petroleum, coal, or natural gas, derived from the accumulated remains of ancient plants and animals and used as fuel. Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases generated by burning fossil fuels are considered to be one of the principal causes of global warming.

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    [fos-uh-lif-er-uh s] /ˌfɒs əˈlɪf ər əs/ adjective 1. bearing or containing , as rocks or strata. /ˌfɒsɪˈlɪfərəs/ adjective 1. (of sedimentary rocks) containing fossils adj. by 1830, from fossil + -ferous “producing, containing,” from ferre “to bear” (see infer).

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  • Fossilization

    [fos-uh-lahyz] /ˈfɒs əˌlaɪz/ verb (used with object), fossilized, fossilizing. 1. Geology. to convert into a ; replace organic with mineral substances in the remains of an organism. 2. to change as if into mere lifeless remains or traces of the past. 3. to make rigidly antiquated: Time has fossilized such methods. verb (used without object), […]

  • Fossilize

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