One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Having a globe or bulb at the end of a stem. In later use: (Zoology) designating a type of (often venomous) echinoid pedicellaria which has this structure.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in John Abercrombie (1726–1806), horticulturist and writer. From globe + -iferous, after scientific Latin globifer and globiferus.
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