plural noun
Car·​y·​o·​phyl·​la·​les | \ -ˈlā(ˌ)lēz \

Definition of Caryophyllales

: 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

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History and Etymology for Caryophyllales

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

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“Caryophyllales.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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