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umbelliferous

[uhm-buh-lif-er-uh s] /ˌʌm bəˈlɪf ər əs/
adjective
1.
bearing an umbel or umbels.
2.
belonging to the Umbelliferae, the parsley family of plants.
Compare parsley family.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < Neo-Latin umbellifer (umbelli-, combining form of Latin umbella (see umbel) + -fer -fer) + -ous
Related forms
subumbelliferous, adjective
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umbelliferous

/ˌʌmbɪˈlɪfərəs/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or belonging to the Umbelliferae, a family of herbaceous plants and shrubs, typically having hollow stems, divided or compound leaves, and flowers in umbels: includes fennel, dill, parsley, carrot, celery, and parsnip
2.
designating any other plant bearing umbels
Derived Forms
umbellifer, noun
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin umbellifer, from Latin umbella sunshade + ferre to bear
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