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Bearer; carrier: chromatophore.
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n combining form
indicating a person or thing that bears or produces: gonophore; semaphore.
[from New Latin -phorus, from Greek -phoros bearing, from pherein to bear]
-phorous adj combining form
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a combining form meaning “bearer of,” “thing or part bearing” that specified by the initial element: gonophore.
[< New Latin -phorus < Greek -phoros bearing, derivative of phérein; see bear1]
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