Melastomaceae

plural noun

Me·​las·​to·​ma·​ce·​ae
mə̇ˌlastəˈmāsēˌē
: 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
melastomaceous
⸗¦⸗⸗¦māshəs
adjective

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Melastoma, type genus + -aceae

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“Melastomaceae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Melastomaceae. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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