apocynaceous

apocynaceous

[uh-pos-uh-ney-shuhs]
adjective
belonging to the Apocynaceae, the dogbane family of plants.
Compare dogbane family.


Origin:
1880–85; < Neo-Latin Apocyn(um) genus name (< Greek apókynon dogbane: apo- apo- + kyn- (stem of kýōn dog) + -on noun suffix) + -aceous

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apocynaceous (əˌpɒsɪˈneɪʃəs)
 
adj
of, relating to, or belonging to the Apocynaceae, a family of mostly tropical flowering plants with latex in their stems, including the dogbane, periwinkle, oleander, and some lianas
 
[C19: from New Latin Apocynum type genus, from Latin: dogbane, from Greek apokunon, from kuōn dog]

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