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

Definition of Caryophyllaceae

: 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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History and Etymology for Caryophyllaceae

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

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