[Eng.] R. Browning.
(Fern"er*y) n. A place for rearing ferns.
(Fern"ti*cle) n. A freckle on the skin, resembling the seed of fern. [Prov. Eng.]
(Fern"y) a. Abounding in ferns.
(Fe*ro"cious) a. [L. ferox, -ocis, fierce: cf. F. féroce. See Ferocity.] Fierce; savage; wild; indicating
cruelty; ravenous; rapacious; as, ferocious look or features; a ferocious lion.
The humbled power of a ferocious enemy.Lowth.
Syn. Ferocious, Fierce, Savage, Barbarous. When these words are applied to human feelings or
conduct, ferocious describes the disposition; fierce, the haste and violence of an act; barbarous, the
coarseness and brutality by which it was marked; savage, the cruel and unfeeling spirit which it showed.
A man is ferocious in his temper, fierce in his actions, barbarous in the manner of carrying out his
purposes, savage in the spirit and feelings expressed in his words or deeds.
Fe*ro"cious*ly, adv. Fe*ro"cious*ness, n.
It [Christianity] has adapted the ferociousness of war.Blair.
(Fe*roc"i*ty) n. [L. ferocitas, fr. ferox, -ocis, fierce, kin to ferus wild: cf. F. ferocité. See Fierce.]
Savage wildness or fierceness; fury; cruelty; as, ferocity of countenance.
The pride and ferocity of a Highland chief.Macaulay.
(||Fer*o"her) n. (Archæol.) A symbol of the solar deity, found on monuments exhumed in Babylon,
(Fe"rous) a. [L. ferus. See Fierce.] Wild; savage. [R.] Arthur Wilson.
(-fer*ous) [L. -fer. fr. ferre to bear. See Bear to support.] A suffix signifying bearing, producing,
yielding; as, auriferous, yielding gold; chyliferous, producing chyle.
(Fer*ran"dine) n. [F.; cf. OF. ferrant iron-gray, from L. ferrum iron.] A stuff made of silk and
I did buy a colored silk ferrandine.Pepys.
(Fer*ra"ra) n. A sword bearing the mark of one of the Ferrara family of Italy. These swords
were highly esteemed in England and Scotland in the 16th and 17th centuries.