plural noun

: 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

Word History


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 10 Dec. 2023.

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