-ferous


a combining form meaning “bearing,” “producing,” “yielding,” “containing,” “conveying,” used in the formation of compound words: coniferous; pestiferous.

Nearby words

  1. -euse,
  2. -ey,
  3. -facient,
  4. -favoured,
  5. -fer,
  6. -fest,
  7. -fex,
  8. -fic,
  9. -fication,
  10. -fid

Compare -fer.

Origin of -ferous

Middle English; see -fer, -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for -ferous

-ferous

adj combining form

bearing or producingconiferous; crystalliferous Compare -gerous

Word Origin for -ferous

from -fer + -ous

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