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

Definition of Rubiaceae

: 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

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Other Words from Rubiaceae

rubiaceous \ ¦rübē¦āshəs \ adjective

History and Etymology for Rubiaceae

New Latin, from Rubia, type genus + -aceae

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“Rubiaceae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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