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a combining form meaning “that which carries” the thing specified by the initial element, used in the formation of compound words:
aquifer; conifer; foraminifer.
Origin of -fer
< Latin, derivative of ferre to bear1, in L generally forming adjectives; the corresponding E adjectives add -ous; see -ferous Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -fer


combining form
indicating a person or thing that bears something specified: crucifer, conifer
Word Origin
from Latin, from ferre to bear
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