plural noun
Cryp·​te·​ro·​ni·​a·​ce·​ae | \ ˌkriptəˌrōnēˈāsēˌē \

Definition of Crypteroniaceae

: a family (coextensive with the genus Crypteronia) of East Indian trees of uncertain affinities within the order Myrtales that have long finger-shaped clusters of greenish white flowers and capsular fruits

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History and Etymology for Crypteroniaceae

New Latin, from Crypteronia, type genus (irregular from crypt- + Greek eros love) + -aceae; akin to Greek erōs love

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“Crypteroniaceae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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