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Monday, May 13, 2013

melliferous

\muh-LIF-er-uhs\ , adjective;
1.
yielding or producing honey.
Quotes:
He writes of the melliferous odor of linden blossoms; of the fields rushing to meet him; of trees, castles and people; of the greensward that serves him as a dining table; and of the little old ladies who joyfully smile at him.
-- Mikhail A. Osorgin, translated by Donald M. Fiene, Selected Stories, Reminiscences, and Essays, 1982
Already he had the melliferous taste of victory on his tongue.
-- Wilbur Smith, The Eye of the Tiger, 2001
Origin:
Melliferous derives from the Latin word mellifer meaning "honey-bearing."
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