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.
of rocks or minerals that contain gold
containing or bearing carbon, especially in reference to the geological period in which coal measures were laid down
of a type of tree that bears cones
denoting plants of the cabbage family, the Cruciferae
crux, cross; so named because the flowers have four petals arranged crosswise
of a plant producing many flowers
flos, flor‑, a flower
describing rocks that contain fossils
producing or transmitting light
bearing or producing metal
having or giving off a smell, especially an unpleasant one
odor, smell or scent
harbouring infection and disease, or figuratively, being a pest or nuisance
pestifer, bringing pestilence
producing or conveying semen
bearing flowers arranged in clusters or umbels
umbella, sunshade, from the shape of the clusters, from umbra, shadow
vehement or clamorous
vox, voc‑, voice