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Bacciferous

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Bacci'ferous. adj. [from bacca, a berry, and fero, to bear, Lat.] Berry-bearing.

Bacciferous trees are of four kinds.

  1. Such as bear a caliculate or naked berry; the flower and calix both falling off together, and leaving the berry bare; as the sassafras trees.

  2. Such as have a naked monospermous fruit, that is, containing in it only one seed; as the arbutes.

  3. Such as have but polyspermous fruit, that is, containing two or more kernels or seeds within it; as the jasminum, ligustrum.

  4. Such as have their fruit composed of many acini, or round soft balls set close together like a bunch of grapes; as the uva marina. Ray.

Sources: Ray, John (59)

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