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dorsi- +‎ -ferous; compare French dorsifère.


dorsiferous (not comparable)

  1. (biology) Bearing, or producing, on the back; applied to ferns which produce seeds on the back of the leaf, and to certain Batrachia, whose ova become attached to the skin of the parent's back, where they develop.


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