Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • The terminal element, meaning ‘bearing’ or ‘producing,’ in some compound adjectives, with English nouns in -fer (and New Latin forms in -fer (also -ferus), m., -fera, f., -ferum, neut.): as, coniferous, cone-bearing; bacciferous, berry-producing; auriferous, gold-producing; pestiferous, pest-producing.
  • Wild; savage; feral.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective rare Wild; savage.

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  • adjective wild; savage

Etymologies

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Latin ferus. See fierce and feral.

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