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

Definition of Apocynaceae

: 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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Other Words from Apocynaceae

apocynaceous \ ⸗¦⸗⸗¦nāshəs , ¦⸗⸗(ˌ)⸗¦-​ \ adjective

History and Etymology for Apocynaceae

New Latin, from Apocynum, type genus + -aceae

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“Apocynaceae.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Apocynaceae. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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