plural noun
Com·​me·​li·​na·​ce·​ae | \ ˌkämələ̇ˈnāsēˌē \

Definition of Commelinaceae

: 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

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Other Words from Commelinaceae

commelinaceous \ ¦kämələ̇¦nāshəs \ adjective

History and Etymology for Commelinaceae

New Latin, from Commelina, type genus + -aceae

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“Commelinaceae.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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