from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • suffix Bearer; carrier: chromatophore.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • suffix Bearer or carrier of.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • suffix Combining form meaning bearer of the element preceding.


From Greek -phoros, bearing, from pherein, to carry; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From New Latin -phorus, from Ancient Greek -φορος (-phoros, "bearing"), a derivative of φέρειν (phérein, "to bear, to carry") (Wiktionary)


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