a combining form meaning “bearer of,” “thing or part bearing” that specified by the initial element: gonophore.
Compare -phorous.

< Neo-Latin -phorus < Greek -phoros bearing, verbid of phérein; see bear1

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n combining form
indicating a person or thing that bears or produces: gonophore; semaphore
[from New Latin -phorus, from Greek -phoros bearing, from pherein to bear]
adj combining form

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-phore suff.
Bearer; carrier: chromatophore.

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