plural noun

: a large widely distributed family of herbaceous plants (order Xyridales) that have perfect flowers with a distinct calyx and corolla and upper leaves shaped like a spathe and that comprise the spiderworts see commelina, tradescantia

Word History


New Latin, from Commelina, type genus + -aceae

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“Commelinaceae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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