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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Carboniferous  \Car`bon*if"er*ous\ 
  (k[aum]r`b[o^]n*[i^]f"[~e]r*[u^]s),  a.  [Carbon  +  -ferous.] 
  Producing  or  containing  carbon  or  coal. 
 
  {Carboniferous  age}  (Geol.),  the  age  immediately  following 
  the  Devonian,  or  Age  of  fishes,  and  characterized  by  the 
  vegetation  which  formed  the  coal  beds.  This  age  embraces 
  three  periods,  the  Subcarboniferous,  the  Carboniferous, 
  and  Permian.  See  {Age  of  acrogens},  under  {Acrogen}. 
 
  {Carboniferous  formation}  (Geol.),  the  series  of  rocks 
  (including  sandstones,  shales,  limestones,  and 
  conglomerates,  with  beds  of  coal)  which  make  up  the  strata 
  of  the  Carboniferous  age  or  period.  See  the  Diagram  under 
  {Geology}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  carboniferous 
  adj  :  of  or  relating  to  the  Carboniferous  geologic  era; 
  "carboniferous  rock  system" 
  n  :  from  280  million  to  345  million  years  ago  [syn:  {Carboniferous}, 
  {Carboniferous  period}] 




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