bombacaceous

bombacaceous

[bom-buh-key-shuhs]
adjective
belonging to the Bombacaceae, the bombax family of plants.
Compare bombax family.


Origin:
1860–65; < Neo-Latin Bombacace(ae) name of the family (see bombax family, -aceae) + -ous

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bombacaceous (ˌbɒmbəˈkeɪʃəs)
 
adj
of, relating to, or belonging to the Bombacaceae, a family of tropical trees, including the kapok tree and baobab, that have very thick stems, often with water-storing tissue
 
[C19: from New Latin Bombācāceae, from Medieval Latin bombāx cotton, from Latin bombyx silkworm, silk, from Greek bombux]

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