plural noun Car·y·o·phyl·la·ce·ae \¦karē(ˌ)ōfə̇ˈlāsēˌē\

Definition of Caryophyllaceae

  1. :  a large widely distributed family of herbs or occasionally subshrubs (order Caryophyllales) usually with stems swollen at the nodes and opposite linear leaves and with symmetrical pentamerous or tetramerous flowers that have distinct stamens as numerous or twice as numerous as the sepals

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Origin and Etymology of caryophyllaceae

New Latin, from 2Caryophyllus, type genus + -aceae

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