producing or secreting milk: lactiferous glands.
conveying milk or a milky fluid: lactiferous ducts.
Origin of lactiferous
1665–75;Related formslac·tif·er·ous·ness, noun
< New Latin lactifer
that bears milk (see lacti-
) + -ous
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Historical Examples of lactiferous
The most characteristic structure, however, and that by which chicory can be easily identified, is the lactiferous tissue.
Let me curr to quercine shades Effund your albid hausts, lactiferous maids!
In some cinchona bark a system of lactiferous vessels is found between the liber and mesophlum.
British Dictionary definitions for lactiferous
Derived Formslactiferousness, noun
producing, conveying, or secreting milk or a milky fluidlactiferous ducts
botany containing latex; laticiferous
Word Origin for lactiferous
C17: from Latin lactifer, from lact-, lac milk
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Producing, secreting, or conveying milk.
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