Cucurbitaceae

plural noun

Cu·​cur·​bi·​ta·​ce·​ae
(ˌ)kyüˌkərbəˈtāsēˌē
: a family of chiefly herbaceous tendril-bearing vines (order Campanulales) that are characterized by an inferior ovary and anthers usually united and that include food plants (as the cucumber, melon, squash, and pumpkin), drug plants (as the colocynth), and ornamental plants (as the gourds)
cucurbitaceous
(¦)⸗¦⸗⸗¦tāshəs
adjective

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Cucurbita, type genus + -aceae

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“Cucurbitaceae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Cucurbitaceae. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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