plural noun

: a family of trees or shrubs (order Ebenales) that are widely distributed in tropical regions and have milky juice, coriaceous leaves, and axillary flowers with stamens in two or three whorls borne on the corolla and often in alternation with staminodia and a superior 2-celled to many-celled ovary followed by often edible fleshy fruits

Word History


New Latin, from Sapota (synonym of Achras) + -aceae

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“Sapotaceae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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