plural noun
Me·​las·​to·​ma·​ce·​ae | \ mə̇ˌlastəˈmāsēˌē \

Definition of Melastomaceae

: 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

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Other Words from Melastomaceae

melastomaceous \ ⸗¦⸗⸗¦māshəs \ adjective

History and Etymology for Melastomaceae

New Latin, from Melastoma, type genus + -aceae

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“Melastomaceae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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