plural noun Ru·bi·a·ce·ae \ˌrübēˈāsēˌē\

Definition of Rubiaceae

  1. :  a family of mostly tropical herbs, shrubs, and trees (order Rubiales) of very diverse habits having opposite stipulate leaves and regular flowers with the stamens borne on the corolla tube and a 1- to 10-celled ovary usually with numerous ovules that becomes in fruit a capsule, a berry, or one or more distinct nutlets


\¦rübē¦āshəs\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of rubiaceae

New Latin, from Rubia, type genus + -aceae

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a brief usually trivial fact

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