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 of the parent, where they develop; dorsiparous. [1913 Webster]

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  • 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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