a combining form meaning “that which carries” the thing specified by the initial element, used in the formation of compound words: aquifer; conifer; foraminifer.
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British Dictionary definitions for -fer
n combining form
indicating a person or thing that bears something specifiedcrucifer; conifer
Word Origin for -fer
from Latin, from ferre to bear
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