plural noun

in some classifications
: a family of plants comprising all the composites (as thistles and asters) that have syngenesious stamens and flower heads containing tubular flowers or both tubular and ligulate flowers but not ligulate flowers alone

Word History


New Latin, from Carduus, type genus + -aceae

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“Carduaceae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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