-fer

-fer

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:
< Latin, derivative of ferre to bear1, in L generally forming adjectives; the corresponding E adjectives add -ous; see -ferous

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n combining form
indicating a person or thing that bears something specified: crucifer; conifer
 
[from Latin, from ferre to bear]

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