dorsiferous [dawr-sif-er-uh s] Word Origin adjective Botany.

  1. borne on the back, as the sori on most ferns.

Origin of dorsiferous First recorded in 1720–30; dorsi- + -ferous British Dictionary definitions for dorsiferous dorsiferous adjective

  1. botany zoology rare bearing or carrying (young, spores, etc) on the back or dorsal surface

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