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fossil

fos·sil

fossil

 
 
pronunciation:
fa sl
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the remains or trace of a living organism from an earlier geologic age, embedded in earth or rock.
 
definition 2: something or someone that is outdated and cannot accommodate new ideas or practices.
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: of or pertaining to the remains or traces of living organisms of former geologic ages or the earth or rock layers in which such traces are found.
fossil remainsfossil fuel
derivation: fossillike (adj.)
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Fossil is from a Latin word that means "dug up."
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  dinosaur, mollusk, skeleton