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pestiferous

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adjective pes·tif·er·ous \pes-ˈti-f(ə-)rəs\

Definition of pestiferous

  1. 1 :  dangerous to society :  pernicious

  2. 2 a :  carrying or propagating infection :  pestilential b :  infected with a pestilential disease

  3. 3 :  troublesome, annoying

pes·tif·er·ous·ly adverb
pes·tif·er·ous·ness noun


Examples of pestiferous

  1. <a pestiferous weed that has given gardeners no end of grief>



Origin of pestiferous

Middle English, from Latin pestifer pestilential, noxious, from pestis + -fer -ferous


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with pestiferous


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pestiferous

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adjective pes·tif·er·ous \pes-ˈtif-(ə-)rəs\

Medical Definition of pestiferous

  1. 1:  carrying or propagating infection :  pestilential <a pestiferous insect>

  2. 2:  infected with a pestilential disease




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