|Origin:||fossilis 'dug up', from fodere 'to dig'|
an animal or plant that lived many thousands of years ago and that has been preserved, or the shape of one of these animals or plants that has been preserved in rock: ➔ living fossil
fossils of early reptiles
Marine sponges have a long fossil record (=their development has been recorded over a long period).
an insulting word for an old person