plural noun

: a family of trees, shrubs, or herbs (order Myrtales) that are characterized by opposite 3- to 9-nerved leaves, anthers with thickened connectives, and petals inserted on the throat of the calyx and that include numerous forms cultivated as ornamentals see rhexia

Word History


New Latin, from Melastoma, type genus + -aceae

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“Melastomaceae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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