plural noun

in some classifications
: a small family of aquatic plants comprising those members of the family Nymphaeaceae that constitute the genera Cabomba and Brasenia and have flowers with three or four persistent sepals and petals and distinct coriaceous carpels

Word History


New Latin, from Cabomba, type genus + -aceae

First Known Use

circa 1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Cabombaceae was circa 1846

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“Cabombaceae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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