plural noun
Ra·​nun·​cu·​la·​ce·​ae | \ rəˌnəŋkyəˈlāsēˌē \

Definition of Ranunculaceae

: a large family of plants (order Ranales) distinguished by colorless acrid juice, usually alternate leaves, and regular or irregular polypetalous or apetalous flowers with hypogynous stamens — see ranunculus

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History and Etymology for Ranunculaceae

New Latin, from Ranunculus, type genus + -aceae

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“Ranunculaceae.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ranunculaceae. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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