papilionaceous

adjective
pa·​pil·​i·​o·​na·​ceous | \ pə-ˌpi-lē-ə-ˈnā-shəs How to pronounce papilionaceous (audio) \

Definition of papilionaceous

: having a corolla (as in the bean or pea) with usually five petals that include a large upper petal enclosing two lateral wings and a lower carina of two united petals

First Known Use of papilionaceous

1668, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for papilionaceous

Latin papilion-, papilio butterfly — more at pavilion

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“Papilionaceous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/papilionaceous. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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