Cactaceae

plural noun

Cac·​ta·​ce·​ae
kakˈtāsēˌē
: a family of plants (order Caryophyllales) consisting of the cacti
cactaceous
(ˈ)kak¦tāshəs
adjective

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Cactus, type genus + -aceae

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Cactaceae was in 1838

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“Cactaceae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Cactaceae. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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