Definition of Rapateaceae
: a family of South American herbs (order Xyridales) somewhat resembling members of the family Juncaceae and having a greenish perianth in two series, six anthers, and numerous capitate flowers subtended by two foliaceous bracts
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Origin and Etymology of rapateaceae
New Latin, from Rapatea, type genus (probably from a native name in Guiana) + -aceae
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