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  • Dorsiferous — Dor*sif er*ous,. [Dorsum + ferous; cf. F. dorsif[ e]re.] (Biol.) Bearing, or producing, on the back; applied to ferns which produce seeds on the back of the leaf, and to certain Batrachia, the ova of which become attached to the skin of the back… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dorsiferous — adj. [L. dorsum, back; ferre, to carry] Carrying young or eggs upon the back …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • dorsiferous — /dawr sif euhr euhs/, adj. Bot. borne on the back, as the sori on most ferns. [1720 30; DORSI + FEROUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • dorsiferous — dor·sif·er·ous …   English syllables

  • dorsiferous — (ˈ)dȯ(r)|sif(ə)rəs adjective Etymology: dors + ferous 1. : bearing the sori on the back of the frond used of various ferns 2. : carrying the eggs or young upon the back …   Useful english dictionary

  • Dorsiparous — Dor*sip a*rous, a. [Dorsum + L. parere to bring forth.] (Biol.) Same as {Dorsiferous}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dorsi- — a combining form of dorsal, dorsum, as in dorsiferous. Also, dorso …   Australian English dictionary

  • tergiferous — (ˌ)tərˈjif(ə)rəs adjective Etymology: Latin tergum + English iferous : dorsiferous …   Useful english dictionary

  • dor|sif|er|ous — «dr SIHF uhr uhs», adjective. 1. Botany. bearing the fruit clusters of sporangia on the underside or back of the frond: »a dorsiferous fern. 2. Zoology. dorsiparous. ╂[< Latin dorsum back + English ferous] …   Useful english dictionary

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