Bacci'ferous. adj. [from bacca, a berry, and fero, to bear, Lat.] Berry-bearing.
Bacciferous trees are of four kinds.
- 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.
- Such as have a naked monospermous fruit, that is, containing in it only one seed; as the arbutes.
- Such as have but polyspermous fruit, that is, containing two or more kernels or seeds within it; as the jasminum, ligustrum.
- 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.