- yielding or producing honey.
Origin of melliferous
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None of the melliferous clan, in my neighbourhood at least, is stirring as early as she is.Bramble-bees and Others
J. Henri Fabre
Grelet was a skilled apiarist, and replenished his melliferous flocks by wild swarms enticed from the forests.White Shadows in the South Seas
Honey is procured by steeping the cones of the Banksia or other melliferous flowers in water.
- forming or producing honey
C17: from Latin mellifer, from mel honey + ferre to bear
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