The origin of the diddle is referrable to the infancy of the Human Race.
Specimens of D. agilis from the desert slope two miles east of Valyermo are referrable to the subspecies perplexus.
late 14c., "to trace back (to a first cause), attribute, assign," from Old French referer (14c.) and directly from Latin referre "to relate, refer," literally "to carry back," from re- "back" (see re-) + ferre "carry" (see infer). Meaning "to commit to some authority for a decision" is from mid-15c.; sense of "to direct (someone) to a book, etc." is from c.1600. Related: Referred; referring.