sig·​ni·​fer | \ ˈsignəfə(r)\
plural -s

Definition of signifer

1 obsolete : zodiac

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First Known Use of signifer

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for signifer

Latin, from signifer, adjective, bearing a sign, bearing the heavenly signs, from signum sign + -i- + -fer -ferous

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