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a combining form meaning “bearing,” “producing,” “yielding,” “containing,” “conveying,” used in the formation of compound words:
coniferous; pestiferous.
Compare -fer.
Origin of -ferous
Middle English; see -fer, -ous Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -ferous


combining form
bearing or producing: coniferous, crystalliferous Compare -gerous
Word Origin
from -fer + -ous
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