plural noun

: a family of herbs (order Rubiales) chiefly of temperate regions having opposite leaves and mostly cymose flowers, a regular or irregular corolla and free anthers, and an achene fruit crowned with a persistent calyx border

Word History


New Latin, from Valeriana, type genus + -aceae

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“Valerianaceae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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