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

Definition of Caesalpiniaceae

in some classifications

  1. :  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


\-ˈāshəs\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of caesalpiniaceae

New Latin, from Caesalpinia, type genus + -aceae

First Known Use: 1877

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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