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melliferous

[muh-lif-er-uh s]
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adjective
  1. yielding or producing honey.

Origin of melliferous

1650–60; < Latin mellifer honey-bearing (melli-, stem of mel honey + -fer -fer) + -ous
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Examples from the Web for melliferous

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • Honey is procured by steeping the cones of the Banksia or other melliferous flowers in water.


British Dictionary definitions for melliferous

melliferous

mellific (mɪˈlɪfɪk)

adjective
  1. forming or producing honey

Word Origin

C17: from Latin mellifer, from mel honey + ferre to bear
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