Definition of melliferous in English:

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Pronunciation: /mɛˈlɪf(ə)rəs/


Yielding or producing honey.
Example sentences
  • Malaysia, with its abundant melliferous plants and indigenous honeybees has a promising future in this industry.
  • The beekeepers became interested in enhancing their production through the cultivation of melliferous plants.
  • If there are a lot of such days in the summertime bees collect a lot of melliferous dew.


Mid 17th century: from Latin mellifer (from mel 'honey' + -fer 'bearing') + -ous.

Words that rhyme with melliferous

carboniferous, coniferous, cruciferous, odoriferous, pestiferous, somniferous, splendiferous, umbelliferous, vociferous

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