ericaceous

[er-i-key-shuhs]
adjective
belonging to the Ericaceae, the heath family of plants.
Compare heath family.


Origin:
1880–85; < Neo-Latin Ericace(ae) (see erica, -aceae) + -ous

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ericaceous (ˌɛrɪˈkeɪʃəs)
 
adj
of, relating to, or belonging to the Ericaceae, a family of trees and shrubs with typically bell-shaped flowers: includes heather, rhododendron, azalea, and arbutus
 
[C19: from New Latin Erīcāceae, from Latin erīca heath, from Greek ereikē]

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The density of ericaceous species may be closely tied to land-use and disturbance history.
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