plural noun Ac·an·tha·ce·ae \ˌaˌkanˈthāsēˌē, ˌakən-\

Definition of Acanthaceae

  1. :  a family of widely distributed herbs, shrubs, and trees (order Polemoniales) having opposite leaves and tubular bracted irregular flowers with two or four stamens


\¦aˌkan¦thāshəs, ¦akən-\ adjective


\əˈkan(t)thəd, -nˌthad\ noun, plural


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Origin and Etymology of acanthaceae

New Latin, from Acanthus, type genus + -aceae

First Known Use: 1819

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