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From Latin lucrum (gain) + -ferous.


lucriferous (comparative more lucriferous, superlative most lucriferous)

  1. (obsolete) gainful; profitable
    • 1774, Robert Boyle, The Life of the Honourable Robert Boyle. In Thomas Birch, The Works of the Honourable Robert Boyle, page cxxx [1]:
      [B]eing a bachelor, and through God's bounty furnished with a competent estate for a younger brother, and freed from any ambition to leave my heirs rich, I had no need to pursue lucriferous experiments, to which I so much preferred luciferous ones

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for lucriferous in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)