rubiaceous

rubiaceous

[roo-bee-ey-shuhs]
adjective
belonging to the Rubiaceae, the madder family of plants.
Compare madder family.


Origin:
1825–35; < Neo-Latin Rubiace(ae) name of family (Rubi(a) genus name (Latin rubia madder, akin to ruber red1) + -aceae -aceae) + -ous

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rubiaceous (ˌruːbɪˈeɪʃəs)
 
adj
of, relating to, or belonging to the Rubiaceae, a widely distributed family of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants that includes the coffee and cinchona trees, gardenia, madder, and bedstraws
 
[C19: from New Latin Rubiaceae, from Latin rubia madder, from rubeus red]

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