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[ma-mif-er-uh s]
  1. having mammae; mammalian.
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Origin of mammiferous

First recorded in 1795–1805; mamm(a)2 + -i- + -ferous
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Historical Examples of mammiferous

  • It only remains for me to say something of the mammiferous fauna of North and South America.

    Principles of Geology

    Charles Lyell

  • But the remarkable fossils for which the Stonesfield slate is most celebrated, are those referred to the mammiferous class.

  • The creative fiat went forth, and the mammiferous animals,—cattle and beasts of the earth,—came into existence.

  • The vesicle corresponds to the vesicle, or germinal spot, in the eggs of birds, and ovum of mammiferous animals.

  • In standard works on natural history the animals under consideration are classed as mammiferous Didelphæ.

British Dictionary definitions for mammiferous


  1. having breasts or mammae
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