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apocynaceous

[uh-pos-uh-ney-shuh s]
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adjective
  1. belonging to the Apocynaceae, the dogbane family of plants.
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Origin of apocynaceous

1880–85; < New Latin Apocyn(um) genus name (< Greek apókynon dogbane: apo- apo- + kyn- (stem of kýōn dog) + -on noun suffix) + -aceous
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British Dictionary definitions for apocynaceous

apocynaceous

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Apocynaceae, a family of mostly tropical flowering plants with latex in their stems, including the dogbane, periwinkle, oleander, and some lianas
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin Apocynum type genus, from Latin: dogbane, from Greek apokunon, from kuōn dog
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