Etymology
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fossil (n.)

1610s, "any thing dug up;" 1650s (adj.) "obtained by digging" (of coal, salt, etc.), 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 (the adjective in the sense "pertaining to fossils" is from 1660s); slang meaning "old person" first recorded 1859. Fossil fuel (1833) preserves the earlier, broader sense.

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Definitions of fossil
1
fossil (n.)
someone whose style is out of fashion;
Synonyms: dodo / fogy / fogey
fossil (n.)
the remains (or an impression) of a plant or animal that existed in a past geological age and that has been excavated from the soil;
2
fossil (adj.)
characteristic of a fossil;
From wordnet.princeton.edu