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  1. a combining form meaning “that which carries” the thing specified by the initial element, used in the formation of compound words: aquifer; conifer; foraminifer.

Origin of -fer

< Latin, derivative of ferre to bear1, in L generally forming adjectives; the corresponding E adjectives add -ous; see -ferous
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British Dictionary definitions for -fer

-fer

n combining form
  1. indicating a person or thing that bears something specifiedcrucifer; conifer

Word Origin

from Latin, from ferre to bear
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