plural noun

: a family of trees and shrubs (order Parietales) having alternate undivided leaves, large regular pentamerous flowers, and a fleshy or capsular fruit and being mainly tropical but widely distributed compare camellia, gordonia, stewartia

Word History


New Latin, from Thea, type genus + -aceae

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“Theaceae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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