plural noun

: an order of dicotyledonous herbs and shrubs distinguished by a superior unilocular ovary and a generally coiled or curved embryo, important member families being the Chenopodiaceae, Amaranthaceae, and Caryophyllaceae

Word History


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

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“Caryophyllales.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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