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

Middle English; see -fer, -ous
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British Dictionary definitions for -ferous


adj combining form
  1. bearing or producingconiferous; crystalliferous Compare -gerous
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Word Origin

from -fer + -ous
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