Ferous \Fe"rous\, a. [L. ferus. See {Fierce}.] Wild; savage. [R.] --Arthur Wilson. [1913 Webster]

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  • -ferous — fer*ous [L. fer. fr. ferre to bear. See {Bear} to support.] A suffix signifying bearing, producing, yielding; as, auriferous, yielding gold; chyliferous, producing chyle. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • -ferous — (usu. iferous) ► COMBINING FORM ▪ having, bearing, or containing (a specified thing): Carboniferous. ORIGIN from Latin fer producing …   English terms dictionary

  • -ferous — [fər əs] [L fer < ferre, BEAR1 + OUS] suffix forming adjectives bearing, producing [coniferous] …   English World dictionary

  • -ferous — comb. form (usu. iferous) forming adjectives with the sense bearing , having (auriferous; odoriferous). Derivatives: ferously suffix ferousness suffix Etymology: from or after F fegravere or L fer producing f. ferre bear * * * ferous, suffix… …   Useful english dictionary

  • -ferous — adjective combining form Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French & Latin; Anglo French fere fer, from Latin fer bearing ; producing < carboniferous > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • -ferous — a combining form meaning bearing, producing, yielding, containing, conveying, used in the formation of compound words: coniferous; pestiferous. Cf. fer. [ME; see FER, OUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • -ferous — [L. ferre to bear] a word termination meaning bearing or producing …   Medical dictionary

  • -ferous — (usu. iferous) combining form having, bearing, or containing (a specified thing): Carboniferous. Derivatives ferously combining form. ferousness combining form. Origin from Fr. fère or L. fer producing , from ferre to bear …   English new terms dictionary

  • -ferous — (L). Bearing …   Dictionary of word roots and combining forms

  • -ferous — fer·ous …   English syllables

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