plural noun
Caes·​al·​pin·​i·​a·​ce·​ae | \ -ˌpinēˈāsēˌē \

Definition of Caesalpiniaceae

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

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Other Words from Caesalpiniaceae

caesalpiniaceous \ -​ˈāshəs \ adjective

First Known Use of Caesalpiniaceae

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Caesalpiniaceae

New Latin, from Caesalpinia, type genus + -aceae

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“Caesalpiniaceae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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