Furciferous

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Furciferous Rascally; scandalous. "Furciferous knaves."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • furciferous In entomology, bearing a forked appendage or organ. Applied to certain lepidopterous larvæ which have, on the first segment behind the head, a forked tube, called the osmeteria, or scent organ, from which the insect can protrude slender threads, for the purpose, it is supposed, of frightening away ichneumons.
    • furciferous Rascally; scoundrelly; villainous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Furciferous of insects bearing a forked appendage
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. furcifer, yoke bearer, scoundrel; furca, fork, yoke, fork-shaped instrument of punishment + ferre, to bear
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., from furca, a fork.