Commelinaceae

plural noun

Com·​me·​li·​na·​ce·​ae
ˌkämələ̇ˈnāsēˌē
: 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
commelinaceous
¦kämələ̇¦nāshəs
adjective

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Commelina, type genus + -aceae

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“Commelinaceae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Commelinaceae. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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