Agavaceae

plural noun Ag·a·va·ce·ae \ˌa-gə-ˈvā-sē-ˌē\

Definition of Agavaceae

in some classifications

  1. :  a family of perennial plants of warm, dry regions that typically have fibrous linear leaves arranged in a basal rosette, rhizomatous rootstock, and usually with flowers in large panicles The family Agavaceae is usually placed in one of two orders (Asparagales or, especially formerly, Liliales) and includes genera (such as Agave, Yucca, and Sansevieria) that had been placed in the families Liliaceae and Amaryllidaceae and are now sometimes placed in a newer family (Asparagaceae).

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Origin and Etymology of agavaceae

New Latin, from Agave, type genus + -aceae


First Known Use: 1950


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