Loranthaceae

plural noun

Lo·​ran·​tha·​ce·​ae
ˌlōˌranˈthāsēˌē,
ˌlȯ-
: a family of parasitic or hemiparasitic shrubs or trees (order Santalales) comprising the mistletoes that are natives chiefly of tropical regions, have thick leathery mostly opposite and sometimes scaly leaves, and are attached to their hosts by haustoria

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Loranthus, type genus + -aceae

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“Loranthaceae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Loranthaceae. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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