plural noun
Nyc·​ta·​gi·​na·​ce·​ae | \ ˌniktəjəˈnāsēˌē \

Definition of Nyctaginaceae

: a family of chiefly American herbs and rarely shrubs or trees (order Caryophyllales) having apetalous flowers with an involucere simulating a calyx and fruit enclosed by the persistent base of the perianth

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Other Words from Nyctaginaceae

nyctaginaceous \ ¦⸗⸗⸗¦nāshəs \ adjective

History and Etymology for Nyctaginaceae

New Latin, from Nyctagin-, Nyctago, type genus (obsolete synonym of Mirabilis) (from nyct- + -agin-, -ago —as in Plantagin-, Plantago —) + -aceae

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“Nyctaginaceae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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