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yielding or containing gold.
Historical Examples

Does the auriferous quartz occur in veins, and are these still in situ, or are they broken up?
Narrative of the Circumnavigation of the Globe by the Austrian Frigate Novara, Volume I Karl Ritter von Scherzer

The upper course of the Xingu is auriferous and fed by numerous branches.
Xingu Edith Wharton

Some have even searched, but in vain, at the source of auriferous streams for the native bed of this precious metal.
A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines Andrew Ure

He examined the auriferous facet with close scrutiny and satisfaction.
The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum

For it had surprised them, in the auriferous American country, how their expenditures grew and their income failed.
The Way of the Gods John Luther Long

The extraction of gold from auriferous rock is also known to the natives.
The Philippine Islands John Foreman

Platinum has hitherto been obtained nowhere in Europe except in the auriferous sands in the Russian government of Perm.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 8 Various

The place which I know as auriferous is some miles distant, the way rugged.
A Strange Story, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton

The interior of Pahang is chiefly noted for its auriferous deposits.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 4 Various

This method (by fusion) does not answer well with auriferous copper pyrites or ores very poor in gold.
Cooley’s Cyclopdia of Practical Receipts and Collateral Information in the Arts, Manufactures, Professions, and Trades…, Sixth Edition, Volume I Arnold Cooley

(of rock) containing gold; gold-bearing

“containing gold,” 1727, from Latin aurifer “gold-bearing,” from auri-, comb. form of aurum “gold” (see aureate) + -fer “producing, bearing” (see infer).


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