caryophyllaceous

caryophyllaceous

[kar-ee-oh-fuh-ley-shuhs]
adjective
belonging to the Caryophyllaceae, the pink family of plants.
Compare pink family.


Origin:
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)
 
adj
of, relating to, or belonging to the Caryophyllaceae, a family of flowering plants including the pink, carnation, sweet william, and chickweed
 
[C19: from New Latin Caryophyllāceae, from Caryophyllus former type genus, from Greek karuophullon clove tree, from karuon nut + phullon leaf]

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