[muh-lif-er-uh s]


yielding or producing honey.

Origin of melliferous

1650–60; < Latin mellifer honey-bearing (melli-, stem of mel honey + -fer -fer) + -ous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for melliferous

alveolate, faveolate, nectariferous, nectarous

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British Dictionary definitions for melliferous


mellific (mɪˈlɪfɪk)


forming or producing honey

Word Origin for melliferous

C17: from Latin mellifer, from mel honey + ferre to bear
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