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[muh-lif-er-uh s]
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  1. yielding or producing honey.
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Origin of melliferous

1650–60; < Latin mellifer honey-bearing (melli-, stem of mel honey + -fer -fer) + -ous
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Related Words for melliferous

alveolate, faveolate, melliferous, nectariferous, nectarous

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Historical Examples of melliferous

  • None of the melliferous clan, in my neighbourhood at least, is stirring as early as she is.

    Bramble-bees and Others

    J. Henri Fabre

  • Grelet was a skilled apiarist, and replenished his melliferous flocks by wild swarms enticed from the forests.

  • Honey is procured by steeping the cones of the Banksia or other melliferous flowers in water.

British Dictionary definitions for melliferous


mellific (mɪˈlɪfɪk)

  1. forming or producing honey
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Word Origin for melliferous

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