Euphorbiaceae

plural noun
Eu·​phor·​bi·​a·​ce·​ae

Definition of Euphorbiaceae

: a widely distributed family of herbs, shrubs, or trees (order Geraniales) with usually milky often poisonous juice, unisexual flowers, and a superior usually trilocular ovary and including several medicinal plants (such as those yielding castor oil and croton oil), several trees yielding caoutchouc, and the cassava — see hevea, manihot

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Other Words from Euphorbiaceae

euphorbiaceous \ ⸗¦⸗⸗¦āshəs \ adjective

History and Etymology for Euphorbiaceae

New Latin, from Euphorbia, type genus + -aceae

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“Euphorbiaceae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Euphorbiaceae. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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