plural noun
Lo·​ran·​tha·​ce·​ae | \ ˌlōˌranˈthāsēˌē, ˌlȯ- \

Definition of Loranthaceae

: 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

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History and Etymology for Loranthaceae

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 28 Sep. 2021.

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