[ uhm-buh-lif-er-uh s ]
/ ˌʌm bəˈlɪf ər əs /


bearing an umbel or umbels.
belonging to the Umbelliferae, the parsley family of plants.

Origin of umbelliferous

1655–65; < New Latin umbellifer (umbelli-, combining form of Latin umbella (see umbel) + -fer -fer) + -ous

Related forms

sub·um·bel·lif·er·ous, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for umbelliferous


/ (ˌʌmbɪˈlɪfərəs) /


of, relating to, or belonging to the Umbelliferae, a family of herbaceous plants and shrubs, typically having hollow stems, divided or compound leaves, and flowers in umbels: includes fennel, dill, parsley, carrot, celery, and parsnip
designating any other plant bearing umbels

Derived Forms

umbellifer, noun

Word Origin for umbelliferous

C17: from New Latin umbellifer, from Latin umbella sunshade + ferre to bear
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