plural noun

: a family of mainly tropical trees and shrubs (order Primulales) distinguished from Myrsinaceae mainly by staminodia in the flowers

Word History


New Latin, from Theophrasta, type genus (after Theophrastus, who wrote treatises on botany) + -aceae

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“Theophrastaceae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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