meliaceous

meliaceous

[mee-lee-ey-shuhs]
adjective
belonging to the Meliaceae, the mahogany family of plants.
Compare mahogany family.


Origin:
1895–1900; < Neo-Latin Meliace(ae) (equivalent to Meli(a) genus name (< Greek melía ash tree) + -aceae -aceae) + -ous

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meliaceous (ˌmiːlɪˈeɪʃɪəs)
 
adj
of, relating to, or belonging to the Meliaceae, a family of tropical and subtropical trees, including mahogany, some of which yield valuable timber
 
[C19: from New Latin Melia type genus, from Greek: ash]

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