pestiferous

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

Definition of pestiferous

  1. 1 :  dangerous to society :  pernicious

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

  3. 3 :  troublesome, annoying

pestiferously

adverb

pestiferousness

noun

Examples of pestiferous in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of pestiferous

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


First Known Use: 15th century


Medical Dictionary

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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