plural noun

: a family of pleurocarpous mosses (order Hypnobryales) that grow on trees and rocks, are typified by the genus Leskea, and are characterized by papillose, rounded, or rhomboid leaves and mostly erect capsules

Word History


New Latin, from Leskea, type genus (from Nathaniel G. Leske †1786 German naturalist) + -aceae

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“Leskeaceae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Leskeaceae. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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