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asclepiadaceous

[uh-sklee-pee-uh-dey-shuh s] /əˌskli pi əˈdeɪ ʃəs/
adjective
1.
belonging to the Asclepiadaceae, the milkweed family of plants.
Compare milkweed family.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; < Neo-Latin Asclepiadace(ae) (Asclepiad-, stem of Asclepias the type genus (Latin < Greek asklēpiás a plant, perhaps the swallowwort, derivative of Asklēpiós Asclepius) + -aceae -aceae) + -ous
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asclepiadaceous

/æˌskliːpɪəˈdeɪʃəs/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or belonging to the Asclepiadaceae, a family of mostly tropical and subtropical flowering plants, including the milkweed and swallowwort, having pollen in the form of a waxy mass (pollinium): now usually regarded as a subfamily of the Apocynaceae
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin Asclēpias genus name, from Latin, from Greek asklēpias, named after Asclepius
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