plural noun
Zin·​gi·​ber·​a·​ce·​ae | \ ˌzinjəbəˈrāsēˌē \

Definition of Zingiberaceae

: a family of tropical monocotyledonous plants (order Musales) consisting of leafy perennial herbs with aromatic rootstocks and very irregular flowers having a single perfect stamen

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Other Words from Zingiberaceae

zingiberaceous \ ¦⸗⸗⸗¦rāshəs \ adjective

History and Etymology for Zingiberaceae

New Latin, from Zingiber, type genus + -aceae

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Zingiberaceae

Statistics for Zingiberaceae

Cite this Entry

“Zingiberaceae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Zingiberaceae. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

Comments on Zingiberaceae

What made you want to look up Zingiberaceae? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!