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caryophyllaceous

[kar-ee-oh-fuh-ley-shuh s] /ˌkær i oʊ fəˈleɪ ʃəs/
adjective
1.
belonging to the Caryophyllaceae, the pink family of plants.
Compare pink family.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; < Neo-Latin Caryophyllace(ae) the family (Caryophyll(us) a genus < Greek karyóphyllon clove tree (see caryo-, -phyll) + -aceae) + -ous
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caryophyllaceous

/ˌkærɪəʊfɪˈleɪʃəs/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or belonging to the Caryophyllaceae, a family of flowering plants including the pink, carnation, sweet william, and chickweed
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin Caryophyllāceae, from Caryophyllus former type genus, from Greek karuophullon clove tree, from karuon nut + phullon leaf
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