nyctaginaceous

nyctaginaceous

[nik-tuh-juh-ney-shuhs]
adjective
belonging to the Nyctaginaceae, the four-o'clock family of plants.


Origin:
< Neo-Latin Nyctagin- (stem of Nyctago old name of genus, equivalent to nyct- nyct- + Latin -āgō noun suffix) + -aceous

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nyctaginaceous (ˌnɪktədʒɪˈneɪʃəs)
 
adj
of, relating to, or belonging to the Nyctaginaceae, a family of mostly tropical plants, including bougainvillea, having large coloured bracts surrounding each flower
 
[from New Latin, from Nyctago type genus, from Greek nukt-, nux night]

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