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Melliferous

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Melliferous Producing honey.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • melliferous Producing honey, as a plant; mellific.
    • melliferous Bearing or preparing honey, as a bee; specifically, of or pertaining to the Mellifera.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Melliferous mel-if′ėr-us honey-producing
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. mellifer,; mel, mellis, honey + ferre, to bear
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. mellifermel, honey, ferre, to bear.

Usage

In literature:

None of the melliferous clan, in my neighbourhood at least, is stirring as early as she is.
"Bramble-bees and Others" by J. Henri Fabre
Honey is procured by steeping the cones of the Banksia or other melliferous flowers in water.
"Journals Of Expeditions Of Discovery Into Central Australia And Overland" by Edward John Eyre
Grelet was a skilled apiarist, and replenished his melliferous flocks by wild swarms enticed from the forests.
"White Shadows in the South Seas" by Frederick O'Brien
Melliferous: honey-producing, or producers of honey.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
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