One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Providing shade.‘lugubrious gardens with their umbriferous vines’
shaded, shadowy, dark, dim, sunlessView synonyms
- ‘The vegetation is umbriferous bulbiferous forest.’
- ‘This reserve is located in a transitional area between dense umbriferous submontane forest and mixed umbriferous submontane forest.’
Early 17th century: from Latin umbrifer (from umbra ‘shade’ + -fer ‘bearing’) + -ous.
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