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Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

-ferous Also -iferous.

Having, bearing or containing something.

[Latin ferre, to carry or bear, plus -ous.]

Many words have been formed in this ending, especially in the life and earth sciences; for some examples Strictly the ending is -ferous from its Latin origin, but in every case there is an i before the ending (see -i-) so that the usual form is -iferous. See also -fera.

Examples of words in -ferous
All word origins are from Latin unless otherwise stated.

auriferous of rocks or minerals that contain gold aurum, gold
carboniferous containing or bearing carbon, especially in reference to the geological period in which coal measures were laid down from carbon
coniferous of a type of tree that bears cones conus, cone
cruciferous denoting plants of the cabbage family, the Cruciferae crux, cross; so named because the flowers have four petals arranged crosswise
floriferous of a plant producing many flowers flos, flor-, a flower
fossiliferous describing rocks that contain fossils English fossil
luminiferous producing or transmitting light lumen, light
metalliferous bearing or producing metal metallum, metal
odoriferous having or giving off a smell, especially an unpleasant one odor, smell or scent
pestiferous harbouring infection and disease, or figuratively, being a pest or nuisance pestifer, bringing pestilence
seminiferous producing or conveying semen semen, seed
splendiferous splendid English splendour
umbelliferous bearing flowers arranged in clusters or umbels umbella, sunshade, from the shape of the clusters, from umbra, shadow
vociferous vehement or clamorous vox, voc-, voice

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