plural noun

: a family of plants (order Ebenales) comprising trees and shrubs (such as the ebony and persimmon) with very hard wood, entire leaves, and dioecious or rarely perfect flowers succeeded by fleshy berries

Word History


New Latin, from Latin ebenus ebony + New Latin -aceae

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“Ebenaceae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ebenaceae. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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