Go to 'thermo-' entry Go to 'dino-' entry Go to 'chondro-' entry Go to 'aero-' entry Go to '-logy' entry Go to 'thaumato-' entry Go to 'nano-' entry Go to '-sophy' entry Go to 'bucco-' entry Go to '-ism' entry Go to '-lysis' entry Go to 'galacto-' entry Go to '-anthropy' entry Go to 'pneumo-' entry Go to '-ploitation' entry Go to '-lithic' entry Go to '-sepalous' entry Go to 'onco-' entry Go to '-parous' entry Go to 'dermato-' entry Go to 'multi-' entry Go to 'dodeca-' entry Go to '-zoon' entry Go to 'vermi-' entry Go to 'crystallo-' entry Go to 'biblio-' entry Go to 'eco-' entry Go to 'juxta-' entry Go to 'facio-' entry
Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

-fera Also -ifera.

Animal orders or phyla.

[Modern Latin, the neuter plural of ferre, to bear.]

Though the ending from the Latin source is -fera, examples all contain the linking vowel -i-: Foraminifera (Latin foramen, an opening or passage), an order of single-celled planktonic animals; Rotifera (Latin rota, wheel), a phylum of minute aquatic animals with a characteristic wheel-like ciliated organ used in swimming and feeding; and Loricifera (Latin lorica, breastplate), a minor phylum of minute marine invertebrates, resembling rotifers and living in gravel.

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