Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In zoöl.: Same as dorsigerous.
- Bringing forth upon the back; dorsiparous.
- In botany, borne on the back, as the sori of most ferns.
- adj. biology Bearing, or producing, on the back; applied to ferns which produce seeds on the back of the leaf, and to certain Batrachia, whose ova become attached to the skin of the parent's back, where they develop.
GNU Webster's 1913
- (Biol.) Bearing, or producing, on the back; -- applied to ferns which produce seeds on the back of the leaf, and to certain Batrachia, the ova of which become attached to the skin of the back of the parent, where they develop; dorsiparous.
- dorsi- + -ferous; compare French dorsifère. (Wiktionary)
“Francis estimates the recent dorsiferous ferns of Great Britain at thirty-five species, and the species of all the other genera at six more, -- forty-one species in all; and as the flowering plants of the country do not fall short of fourteen hundred species, the ferns bear to them the rather small proportion of about one to thirty-five; whereas of the British Coal”
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