plural noun Apoc·y·na·ce·ae \əˌpäsəˈnāsēˌē, ˌapəsəˈ-, -əˌsīˈ-\

Definition of Apocynaceae

  1. :  a family of chiefly tropical herbs, shrubs, or trees (order Gentianales) having a milky juice, simple entire leaves, often showy flowers, and a fruit consisting of two follicles or drupes — compare dogbane, oleander, periwinkle



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Origin and Etymology of apocynaceae

New Latin, from Apocynum, type genus + -aceae

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to cast off or become cast off

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