plural noun

: a family of tropical herbs, shrubs, or trees (order Geraniales) having stinging hairs, usually opposite leaves, and yellow or red flowers with prominently clawed petals and often winged or lobed tricarpellary fruit

Word History


New Latin, from Malpighia, type genus + -aceae

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“Malpighiaceae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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