Cucurbitaceae

plural noun Cu·cur·bi·ta·ce·ae \ (ˌ)kyüˌkərbəˈtāsēˌē \

Definition of Cucurbitaceae

:a family of chiefly herbaceous tendril-bearing vines (order Campanulales) that are characterized by an inferior ovary and anthers usually united and that include food plants (as the cucumber, melon, squash, and pumpkin), drug plants (as the colocynth), and ornamental plants (as the gourds)

cucurbitaceous

adjective

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Origin and Etymology of cucurbitaceae

New Latin, from Cucurbita, type genus + -aceae


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