plural noun Gen·tia·na·ce·ae \ˌjench(ē)əˈnāsēˌē\

Definition of Gentianaceae

  1. :  a large nearly cosmopolitan family of chiefly herbaceous plants (order Gentianales) that usually have showy flowers with tubular or segmented calyx and lobed corolla — see gentiana



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.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of gentianaceae

New Latin, from Gentiana, type genus + -aceae

Seen and Heard

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


a brief usually trivial fact

Get Word of the Day daily email!