plural noun

in some classifications
: a family of widely distributed shrubs and trees (order Ericales) including among its genera Vaccinium, Gaylussacia, and Oxycoccus, comprising the huckleberries, blueberries, and cranberries, and set off from the Ericaceae chiefly on the basis of the inferior ovary which forms in fruit a many-seeded berry or drupe

Word History


New Latin, from Vaccinium + -aceae

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“Vacciniaceae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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