plural noun

in some classifications
: a large family of chiefly tropical shrubs and trees having a regular or slightly irregular corolla, the petals imbricated in the bud, and the fruit a legume, important genera being Caesalpinia, Cassia, Bauhinia, Tamarindus, and Copaifera

Word History


New Latin, from Caesalpinia, type genus + -aceae

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Caesalpiniaceae was in 1877

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“Caesalpiniaceae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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