plural noun
Mel·​an·​tha·​ce·​ae | \ ˌmelənˈthāsēˌē, ˌmeˌlan- \

Definition of Melanthaceae

in some classifications
: a family of monocotyledonous plants (order Liliales) distinguished from the Liliaceae by the septicidal capsule and by the absence of bulbs — see melanthium

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Other Words from Melanthaceae

melanthaceous \ ¦⸗(ˌ)⸗¦thāshəs \ adjective

History and Etymology for Melanthaceae

New Latin, irregular from Melanthium, type genus + -aceae

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“Melanthaceae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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