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malvaceous

[mal-vey-shuh s]
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  1. belonging to the Malvaceae, the mallow family of plants.
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Origin of malvaceous

From the Latin word malvāceus, dating back to 1690–1700. See mallow, -aceous
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Examples from the Web for malvaceous

Historical Examples

  • Hibiscus, hī-bis′kus, n. a genus of malvaceous plants, mostly tropical.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)

    Various

  • It feeds on various species of malvaceous plants and also on the common portulaca.

    The Butterfly Book

    William Jacob Holland

  • The caterpillar probably feeds on malvaceous plants, as do most of the species of the genus.

    The Butterfly Book

    William Jacob Holland


British Dictionary definitions for malvaceous

malvaceous

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Malvaceae, a family of plants that includes mallow, cotton, okra, althaea, and abutilon
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin malvāceus, from malva mallow
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