acanthaceous

acanthaceous

[ak-uhn-they-shuhs]
adjective
1.
having prickly growths.
2.
belonging to the plant family Acanthaceae.
Compare acanthus family.


Origin:
1745–55; < Neo-Latin Acanthace(ae) (see acanthus, -aceae) + -ous

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acanthaceous (ˌækənˈθeɪʃəs)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to the Acanthaceae, a mainly tropical and subtropical family of flowering plants that includes the acanthus
2.  having spiny or prickly outgrowths

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