Synonyms for fossil
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FOSSIL
No, not a vestage of the fossil is there, not a skull, not a shinbone.
If he turns his attention to fossil animals, he is a palaeontologist.
It was no more fossil than I am; but they call it fossil when it is dug up.
Instead of which the fossil was what he always had been—just one too many.
Their base is Copal, a fossil, resinous substance of vegetable origin.
Fossil—Fossell: this is a fossil, you see, and I'm called Fossell: and so he sends it to me.
But on the whole it is astonishing how little we know of fossil whales.
Even their half-digested remains have been preserved in fossil.
How his Companies could go on putting up with such a fossil for chairman was a marvel!
There is no time when a fossil looks so well as when first exposed.
1610s, "any thing dug up;" 1650s (adj.) "obtained by digging," from French fossile (16c.), from Latin fossilis "dug up," from fossus, past participle of fodere "to dig," from PIE root *bhedh- "to dig, pierce."
Restricted noun sense of "geological remains of a plant or animal" is from 1736; slang meaning "old person" first recorded 1859. Fossil fuel (1835) preserves the earlier, broader sense.
MORE RELATED WORDS FOR FOSSIL
- along in years
- broken down
- getting on
- not young
- over the hill
- past one's prime
- dead and gone
- done for
- had it
- horse and buggy