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fos·sil

fossil

 
pronunciation:
fa sl
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part of speech: noun
definition: the remains or trace of a living animal or plant from a long time ago. Fossils are found embedded in earth or rock.
Fossils of fish in the rock showed that the area had once been under water.
 
derivation: fossillike (adj.)
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Fossil is from a Latin word that means "dug up."
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  dinosaur, mollusk, skeleton