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[language] Parts of speech, speaking parts

Ok, this came up in a staff meeting at work today, believe it or not.

What part of speech is the word "rife"?

As in, "This paper is rife with errors." It seems to be bound into the phrase "rife with _____", and I sort of assume it's an adjective, but I'm having a bit of trouble with that given that I can't unbind it from the colloquialism.

Am I simply having a brain fart, or is something odd going on here?

ETA: Yep, definitely a brain fart. As in, use the dictionary, Lake, they have them online these days...
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