Definition of maliferous in English:

maliferous

adjective

rare
  • Bringing or producing evil; unwholesome, insalubrious.

Origin

Early 18th century; earliest use found in Nathan Bailey (d. 1742), lexicographer and schoolmaster. From classical Latin mal- (probably representing malum: see mal-) + -iferous. The 19th-cent. examples were perhaps used in place of pestiferous to avoid the connotations of facetiousness which several words in pest- were coming to acquire.

Pronunciation

maliferous

/məˈlɪfərəs/