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Friday, June 08, 2018

Definitions for bacciferous

  1. Botany. bearing or producing berries.

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Citations for bacciferous
Bacciferous trees, are such as bear berries; as the juniper and yew-tree. Charlotte Matilda Hunt, The Little World of Knowledge, 1826
The rays of the sun are essential to the proper development of all fruits, yet some, especially the bacciferous, demand a certain amount of shade in Summer and protection in Winter ... E. Daggy, "Douglas County Horticultural Society," Transactions of the Illinois State Horticultural Society, Volume II, 1869
Origin of bacciferous
1650-1660
The English adjective bacciferous “bearing berries” comes from Latin bacca (also bāca) “fruit of a shrub or tree, nut,” a word of unknown origin. The Latin suffix -fer “carrying, bearing” is from a very widespread Proto-Indo-European root bher- “to carry,” source of Germanic (English) bear, Greek phérein “to carry, bear,” and Slavic (Polish) bierać “to carry.” Bacciferous entered English in the 17th century.