-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|
|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|