carboniferous carboniferous  /ˌkɑr bə ˈnɪ fə rəs/


  1. (n) from 345 million to 280 million years ago
  2. (adj) of or relating to the Carboniferous geologic era
  3. (adj) relating to or consisting of or yielding carbon


  1. The first step had to be taken by bacteria, for except near volcanoes there was never enough heat and pressure on the carboniferous vegetation to transform plants into coal.
  2. The partners took over a money-losing coal company and started acquiring leases on vast carboniferous acreage.
  3. Having gained the heart of the mountain from the top, they stood triumphant upon its basea monumental mass of carboniferous schist.


  • This Week’s Creature Feature ... Dragonflies Catch ­Dinner and Some Rays

    Perched to take advantage of the sun Michelle Steel Long before dinosaurs walked the earth, dragonflies took to the air.     Griffenflies, the gigantic precursors of our modern-day dragonflies, took flight in the Carboniferous period over 300 million years ago.     Their descendants have had plenty of time to spread around the world. Ancient Celts called them big needle of wings. In England ...
    on July 18, 2013     Source: Bay Weekly

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